Rowan Ricardo Phillips

Rowan Ricardo Phillips, photo by Sue Kwon
Rowan Ricardo Phillips, photo by Sue Kwon

Rowan Ricardo Phillips is the author of five books, all published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He is also author of a book-length translation, from the Catalan, of Salvador Espriu’s Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth. 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, Phillips is the recipient of a Whiting Award, the GLCSA New Writers Award for Poetry, the PEN/Osterweil Award for Poetry, the Anisfield-Wolf 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 Poetry Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry.

Phillips has contributed to the New York Times Magazine, Paris Review, New Yorker, Granta, Artforum, and many other magazines.

He is poetry editor of the New Republic, president of the Board of the New York Institute for the Humanities, and a professor of English at Stony Brook University. Currently he is working on a book about Black baseball.


selected bibliography

Living Weapon by Rowan Ricardo Phillips

Living Weapon (2020)
The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey by Rowan Ricardo Phillips

The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey (2018)
Heaven (2015)
The Ground (2012)

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online resources

Rowan Ricardo Phillips’s website

Video: Phillips shares a poet’s perspective on the 1980 Film Altered States