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Rowan Ricardo Phillips

Ph.D. Brown University, 2003
Poetry; translation; history of the lyric; poetics; African American and Caribbean literatures
Humanities 2078
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  • Biography


    Rowan Ricardo Phillips is the author of five books, all published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux: When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness (2010), The Ground (2012), Heaven (2015), The Circuit (2018), and Living Weapon (2020). He is also the author of a book-length translation, from the Catalan, of Salvador Espriu’s Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth (2012).

    His books have been named a book of the year by the Washington Post, the Guardian (UK), NPR, and the Australian Review of Books.

    A 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, he is also the recipient of a Whiting Award, the GLCSA New Writers Award for Poetry, the PEN-Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry, the Anisfield Book Prize for Poetry, the Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award, and the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing. His work has also been a finalist for the National Book Award, the Griffin International Poetry Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and the NAACP Outstanding Book Award for Poetry.

    A prodigious sportswriter, Phillips has written on sports for the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, the New Republic, and the Paris Review. His basketball writing has been collected by The Library of America’s seminal collection on the sport, Basketball: Great Writing About America’s Game. 

    He is a professor of English at Stony Brook University, the president of the board of the New York Institute of the Humanities, and the poetry editor of the New Republic. He divides his time between New York City and Barcelona.

  • Recent Courses

    Recent Courses

    Advanced Poetry Workshop

    Senior Seminar on 21st Century Poetry

    History of the Lyric

    Literary Analysis and Argumentation

    Literary Genres and Movements

    Contemporary Black American Literature

    Introduction to Poetry

  • Publications


    Living Weapon (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux: 2020)

    The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux: 2018)

    Heaven (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux: 2015)

    The Ground (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux: 2012)

    Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth (Dalkey Archive Press: 2012)

    When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness (Dalkey Archive Press: 2010)

  • Academic Honors

    Academic honors 

    Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award

    Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Poetry

    John Simon GuggenheimMemorial Foundation 

    New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU Fellow

    Whiting Writers’ Award

    PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award in Poetry, PEN America Center

    GLCA New Writers Award for Poetry, Great Lakes Colleges Association

  • Recent Papers and Talks

    recent papers and talks


    -Reading, Sacred Heart Schools (Convent and Stuart Hall), 13 November 2018 

    -Reading, Saint Louis University, Prison Education Program & Campus visit, 24-25 September 2018

    -A Reading of Emily Wilson’s Odyssey, With Emily Wilson, Rachel Hadas, and Brenda Shaughnessy, Poets House, 21 September 2018

    -2018 Writer in Residence, Northwestern University, Department of English, 11thAnnual Writers’ Festival, Evanston, Illinois, March 2018      

    -“In Conversation: Teju Cole, Ishion Hutchinson, Rowan Ricardo Phillips”, Key West Literary Seminar, Key West, Florida, January 2018

    -Reading, The Irish Arts Center, New York, New York, 5 November 2017

    -Reading, The Nightingale-Bamford School, New York, New York, 3 November 2017

    -Reading, Festival Poesia i +, Caldes d’estrac, Catalunya, 17 July 2017--Reading, The College of Wooster, Wooster, MA, 20 April 2017

    -Reading and Talk, The Nichols School, Buffalo, NY, 6-7 March 2017

    -Featured Presenter, Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference, Washington, DC, 10 February 2017