Joseph Taylor is an award-winning nonfiction contributor to Cricket, the literary magazine for children and teens. Recently, he has published in Cricket’s sister publication Muse, which focuses on current science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. He has written an educational book, Dancing Through Darkness: The Story of Alicia Alonso, illustrated by Jani Orban, that published in late 2020.


Joe has worked in feature production at a major Hollywood studio and, for the past decade, has handled communications for a renowned sports anti-doping scientist. As a volunteer, he has consulted for the Science & Entertainment Exchange, a program of the National Academy of Sciences.


Joe grew up the oldest of five, in Northern California. (Later, a sixth came along.) As a kid, he swam, played tennis and was good about doing his homework. He also juggled, rode a unicycle, put on magic shows and took photos of his siblings jumping to superhuman heights after he discovered the secret to bionics.


He is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, holds a certificate with distinction in communications from UCLA Extension, and recently completed a master’s degree in science writing from Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Southern California with his spouse and their dog and two cats, along with assorted squirrels, lizards, hummingbirds and, as luck would have it, jumping crickets.