Emilia Phillips

Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet

Greensboro, NC
North Carolina US

Author's Bio

Emilia Phillips is the author of two poetry collections from the University of Akron Press, Signaletics (2013) and Groundspeed (2016), and three chapbooks, most recently Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike (Bull City Press, 2015). Her poems and lyric essays appear widely in literary publications including Agni, Boston Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, and elsewhere. She’s an assistant professor in the MFA Writing Program and the Department of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her third book, Empty Clip, will be published by the University of Akron Press Spring 2018. Phillips is at work on a new poetry manuscript titled Thunder Thighs, a collection of lyric essays called Wound Revisions, and craft essays for the Ploughshares Blog.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction


The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VI: Tennessee (Texas Review Press, 2013)
Bigger Than They Appear: An Anthology of Short Poems (Accents Publishing, 2012)
Empty Clip (University of Akron Press, 2018)
Groundspeed (University of Akron Press, Akron Poetry Series, 2016)
Signaletics (University of Akron Press, Akron Poetry Series, 2013)
Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike (Bull City Press, 2014)
Bestiary of Gall (Sundress Publications, 2013)
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Asheville Poetry Review
Barn Owl Review
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Birmingham Poetry Review
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BOAAT Journal
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Cerise Press
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Connecticut River Review
Connotation Press
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Kenyon Review
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Mead: The Magazine of Literature & Libations
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Poems & Plays
Poetry Magazine
Poetry Miscellany
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Sycamore Review
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Prizes won: 


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).


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.

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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Chattanooga, TN
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Last update: Sep 02, 2017