Astra Taylor (born 1979[1]) is a Canadian-American documentary filmmaker, writer, activist and musician.


Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Taylor grew up in Athens, Georgia,[2] and was unschooled until age 13 when she enrolled in ninth grade.[3] At 16 she abandoned high school to attend classes at the University of Georgia, which she only stayed at for a year before heading to Brown University. She attended classes there for a year and dropped out when she realized that "unschooling" was a lifelong commitment.[4] Taylor has taught sociology at the University of Georgia and SUNY New Paltz. Her writings have appeared in numerous magazines, including Dissent,[5] n+1,[6] Adbusters,[7] The Baffler,[8] The Nation,[9] Salon,[10] and The London Review of Books.[11]

Taylor is the sister of painter and disability activist Sunny Taylor,[12] and is married to Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotel.[13] She joined Neutral Milk Hotel onstage for a number of shows in 2013 and 2014, playing guitar and accordion.[14] She is a vegan.[15] She lives in New York.[16]


Taylor was active in the Occupy Movement and was the co-editor of Occupy!: An OWS-Inspired Gazette with Sarah Leonard of Dissent magazine and Keith Gessen of n+1.[17] The broadsheet covered Occupy Wall Street in five issues over the course of the first year of the occupation and was later anthologized by Verso Books.[18] She was also a founder of Rolling Jubilee, a Strike Debt project, which to date has relieved $39 million in debt since 2011 by crowd-sourcing funds and purchasing debt.[19]





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16px "Utopian Potential of the Internet": Astra Taylor on How to Take Back Power & Culture in Digital Age, Democracy Now, April 25, 2014

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