Rowan Ricardo PhillipsJul 17, 2020
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Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Poet
New Books Network 2020
Rowan Ricardo Phillips is a poet, writer and literary and art critic - and sports writer! - who was born and raised in New York City. He is the author of the poetry collections The Ground (2012), Heaven (2015; a finalist for the National Book Award), and Living Weapon (2019).
In addition to his collections of poetry, Phillips is author of the critical volume When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness (2010) where Uli has hosted him on his podcast on Great Books to talk about Phillis Wheatley, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and African American poetry in general. He translated Salvador Espriu’s story collection Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth (2012) into English, and received a 2013 Whiting Writers’ Award, a PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award for Poetry, and a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship. A contributing writer at Artforum, he has taught at Columbia University, Harvard, Princeton, and at SUNY-Stony Brook, where he’s served as director of the Poetry Center.
Ulrich Baer is University Professor at New York University where he teaches literature and photography, and writes frequently about photography, art, literature, and other subjects. He is also the host of the podcast “Think About It” and editorial director at Warbler Press. Caroline Weber is a specialist of French literature, history, and culture. She is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Barnard College and Columbia University in New York City.