Phil Taggart has published three collections of poetry, his newly published, Rick Sings (Brandenburg Press), Opium Wars (Mille Grazie Press) and an art book in collaboration with Texas artist Ann Harithas, Cowboy Collages. He served for nine years as the Poetry Editor of Art Life, and is currently editor and publisher of Askew with Marsha de la O and Friday Lubina. He received a Champion of Mental Health Award from the Turning Point Foundation for his work promoting the understanding of mental disorders, an Art Stars Award from the Ventura County Arts Council, and the Mayor’s Art Award and an Individual Artist’s Grant from the City of Ventura. He grew up in South Whittier and now lives in Ventura, California with his wife Marsha de la O.
Phil is Ventura County Poet Laureate