WRITERS' WORKSHOP PROGRAM: January 10-14, 2022

Rowan Ricardo Phillips

The Art of Seeing

Rowan Ricardo Phillips, photo by Beowulf Sheehan
  • January 10-14, 2022
  • Advanced, $600
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This workshop is now full. You can still apply as an alternate.


This workshop will focus on the poet’s task of turning that which is seen into that which is written. We will take “seen,” in this case, to mean perception with close attention to detail and “written” to mean rendering such perceptions in the language of poetry. There will be some advanced reading and we will workshop poems during class.


  • This is an advanced workshop. Please submit a writing sample of three to five poems.
  • Please submit a cover letter that states your interest in this workshop and gives an overview of your writing background and prior workshop experience, if any.
  • The cost is $600. If you are selected to participate in the workshop, a deposit of $200 is required to register, with the balance due by September 30.
  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the class is full.

Financial Assistance is available to those who would not otherwise be able to attend—click here for guidelines and application.


Rowan Ricardo Phillips is the author of three books of poetry, The Ground, Heaven, and, most recently, Living Weapon; the acclaimed collection of literary essays When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness; and the genre-defying account of the 2017 tennis season, The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey.

Phillips is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Whiting Award, PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry, Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award, Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing. He has been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, NAACP Image Award, PEN Open Book Award, National Book Award, and the Griffin Poetry Prize. His poetry has been translated into Catalan, German, Italian, Norwegian, and Spanish.

He has taught at Harvard, Columbia, Princeton, and Stony Brook universities and is a fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University.