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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 a multi-award-winning poet, author, screenwriter, academic, translator, and journalist.

    The author of three books of poetry, a book of literary criticism, a non-fiction book on tennis, and a book-length translation of fiction, Rowan Ricardo Phillips has been awarded the Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry, a Whiting Award, and the GLCA New Writers Award. He has also been a finalist for the Griffin International Poetry Prize, the National Book Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

    Currently, Rowan is writing the screenplay for Legendary’s biopic on baseball icon Roberto Clemente, which will be directed by O. J.: Made in America creator Ezra Edelman and produced by John Lesher, Fuego Films’ Ben Silverman and Jay Weisleder, with Giselle Fernandez and Sandra Condito as executive producers. His work has also been heard on the small screen: his poetry has been adapted for music and subsequently appeared on Spike Lee’s Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It.  

    Rowan Ricardo Phillips is a graduate of Swarthmore College, has a doctorate in English Literature from Brown University.

  • 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 B lackness 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, 11 thAnnual 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