Emilia Phillips

Hackettstown, NJ

Author's Bio

Emilia Phillips is the author of two poetry collections from the University of Akron Press, Signaletics (2013) and Groundspeed (forthcoming 2016), and three chapbooks, most recently Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike (Bull City Press, 2015). Her poems and lyric essays appear in Agni, Beloit Poetry Journal, Blackbird, Boston Review, Crazyhorse, Green Mountains Review, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, The Kenyon Review, Narrative, New England Review, Ninth Letter, Ploughshares, Poem-a-Day (Academy of American Poets), Poetry, StoryQuarterly, Third Coast, Verse Daily, Waxwing, West Branch Wired, and elsewhere. She received StoryQuarterly’s 2015 Nonfiction Prize, judged by Leslie Jamison, and The Journal’s 2012 Poetry Prize, judged by G.C. Waldrep, as well as the 2013–2014 Emerging Writer Lectureship from Gettysburg College and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, The Kenyon Review Writers’ Workshop, U.S. Poets in Mexico, and Vermont Studio Center. She is the Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Centenary College of New Jersey, poetry faculty for the Tinker Mountain Writers’ Workshop, and the interviews editor for 32 Poems.

Publications and Prizes

(University of Akron Press, Akron Poetry Series, 2016)
, Signaletics
(University of Akron Press, Akron Poetry Series, 2013)
Bigger Than They Appear: An Anthology of Short Poems
(Accents Publishing, 2012)
, The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VI: Tennessee
(Texas Review Press, 2013)
, , 42opus, Agni, Asheville Poetry Review, Barn Owl Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Birmingham Poetry Review, Blackbird, Boston Review, Cerise Press, Cimarron Review, Colorado Review, Connecticut River Review, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, Conte, Copper Nickel, Crazyhorse, Diagram, diode, Ecotone, Green Mountains Review, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Indiana Review, iO: A Journal of New American Poetry, Kenyon Review, Linebreak, Matter, Mead: The Magazine of Literature & Libations, Memorious, Muzzle, Narrative Magazine, New England Review, Ninth Letter, Pedestal Magazine, Ploughshares, Poems & Plays, Poetry Magazine, Poetry Miscellany, Poetry Northwest, Sixth Finch, Story Quarterly, storySouth, Superstition Review, Sycamore Review, The Adirondack Review, The Adroit Journal, The Collagist, Jet Fuel Review, The Paris-American, The Pinch, Third Coast, Unsaid, Vinyl Poetry, Waxwing Literary Journal, West Branch
Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike
(Bull City Press, 2014)
, Bestiary of Gall
(Sundress Publications, 2013)
Prizes Won: 
FELLOWSHIPS: Peter Taylor Fellowship, Kenyon Review Writers' Workshop (2015); Bread Loaf Writers' Conference (2013); Merida Fellowship, U.S. Poets in Mexico (2013); Zoland Poetry Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center (2012); Levis Fellowship for the Coordination of the Levis Reading Prize, Virginia Commonwealth University (2011–2012). PRIZES: StoryQuarterly's 2015 Nonfiction Prize, selected by Leslie Jamison; Editor's Choice, 2012 Akron Poetry Prize; The Journal's 2012 Poetry Prize, selected by G.C. Waldrep. HONORS: Second Place, Narrative's 2012 30 Below Contest; Pushcart Nomination from Hayden's Ferry Review; Pushcart Nomination from The Paris-American. SCHOLARSHIPS: Mona van Duyn scholarship, Sewanee Writers' Conference (2011).

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
Brutal Imagination by Cornelius Eady
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Darkening Trapeze by Larry Levis
The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
Ordinary Light by Tracy K. Smith

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Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet
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Last updated: Sep 10, 2016