About Cheryl Boyce-TaylorCheryl Boyce-Taylor (born 1950) is a Trinidadian poet, teaching artist and theatre performer who lives in Brooklyn, New York. Cheryl’s verse memoir, Mama Phife Represents, stands as a tribute to her late son, hip hop icon Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor of A Tribe Called Quest. She is is the author of five poetry collections, including Mama Phife Represents (Haymarket Books, 2021), winner of the 2022 Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry; and Arrival (Triquarterly Books, 2017). A finalist for the 2018 Paterson Poetry Prize and a VONA fellow. Cheryl’s latest work, We Are Not Wearing Helmets is scheduled for publication in 2022 by Northwestern University Press.
She is the mother of late African-American hip hop artiste Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest.
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