Elizabeth Taylor, Writer and Editor. She is under contract to write about a set of women in Civil War and post-Reconstruction era America. As Literary Editor at Large of the Chicago Tribune, Taylor oversaw its portfolio of prizes, and as Literary Editor of the Chicago Tribune and Editor of the Tribune Sunday Magazine from 1996 to 2014, she led all literary coverage. She also initiated a set of Tribune literary prizes and launched the newspaper-sponsored Printers Row Lit Fest, which became the largest gathering of writers and readers between the coasts, with an audience exceeding 150,000. For its new owners, she has served as Creative Director. Prior to joining the Tribune, Taylor was a TIME magazine national correspondent covering the twelve-state Midwest region and several national presidential campaigns. She was president of the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) from 2002 to 2005. In 2017, she conceived and launched the NBCC’s Emerging Critic Fellowship to identify, support, and train a new generation of literary critics, and remains on its Board. Taylor has also chaired six Pulitzer Prize juries, served on another one and served for a year as Consultant on the Pulitzer Prize Centennial. Three-time chair of the Harold Washington Award Selection Committee, twice chair of Columbia University/Nieman Foundation selection committee. Elizabeth co-launched The National Book Review, an online journal of books and ideas, with Adam Cohen. She is the co-author (with Cohen) of American Pharaoh: Mayor Richard J. Daley, His Battle for Chicago and the Nation, a New York Times Best Books of the Year. Her term ends in 2025.