Laura Egley Taylor

Manager for SFI Press and Visual Design

As the manager for visual design at the Santa Fe Institute, Laura Egley Taylor generally works to visually interpret complexity science to the general public. She has managed the SFI Press since it was founded in 2017 with the explicit goal of getting the research of SFI out to the public in an affordable and accessible way. With a background in theater, journalism, photography, and graphic design, she is also SFI’s resident yoga instructor, offering classes to the Institute’s researchers and staff three mornings a week. 

Raised in the Mississippi Delta, Taylor is coauthor of Realizing Our Place: Real Southern Women in a Mythologized Land (University Press of Mississippi, 2018)a book written with her sister, Cathy Egley Waggoner, which provides an academic analysis of interviews the two did with women of the Delta, and for which she took thousands of photos over a period of nine years.

She was art director of the award-winning natural parenting magazine Mothering until its demise in 2011.