Taylor Portela is a queer nonbinary poet, drag artist, and MFA candidate in Creative Writing at Virginia Tech. They graduated from the University of Michigan in 2014 with a B.A. in Philosophy and English Literature and Language. From 2014 to 2019, they lived in Washington, D.C., working in the tech policy nonprofit sector and performing in drag. Their work has appeared in Fence, Juked, New South, Wussy Mag, and elsewhere.