Phillip Sterling

Poet, Fiction Writer

3033 Court Dr. SE
Lowell, MI 49331

Author's Bio

Phillip Sterling is the author of Amateur Husbandry (microfiction, Mayapple 2019), In Which Brief Stories Are Told (short fiction, Wayne State U Press 2011), and seven collections of poetry: Short on Days (Main Street Rag 2020), And Then Snow (Main Street Rag 2017), And for All This: Poems from Isle Royale (Ridgeway Press 2015), Abeyance (Frank Cat Press Chapbook Award 2007), Quatrains (Pudding House 2006), Significant Others (Main Street Rag 2005), and Mutual Shores (New Issues 2000). He is the editor of Isle Royale from the AIR: Poems, Stories, and Songs from 25 Years of Artists-in-Residence (Caffeinated Press 2107) and Imported Breads: Literature of Cultural Exchange (Mammoth 2003) and served as the founding coordinator of the Literature In Person (LIP) Reading Series at Ferris State University, until his retirement in 2013.

Publications & Prizes


The Best Small Fictions 2017 (Braddock Avenue Books, 2017)
Our Working Lives (Bottom Dog Press, 2000)
Amateur Husbandry (Mayapple Press, 2019)
In Which Brief Stories Are Told (Wayne State University Press, 2011)
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Soundings Review


Poetry in Michigan/Michigan in Poetry (New Issues Press, 2013)
Short on Days (Main Street Rag, 2020)
And Then Snow (Main Street Rag, 2017)
Isle Royale from the AIR: Poems, Stories, and Songs from 25 Years of Artists-in-Residence (Caffeinated Press, Inc., 2017)
Mutual Shores (New Issues Press, 2000)
Paris Review
Prizes won: 

Artist-in-Residence Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore (September 2016); Winner, 2015 Monstrosities of the Midway Contest (Midway Journal); Artist-in-Residence Isle Royale National Park (August 2014); Frank Cat Chapbook Award 2007; Senior Fulbright Lecturer to Poland (1997-98); Walt Whitman Award Finalist (Academy of American Poets, 1995); Senior Fulbright Lecturer in Belgium (1992-93); Michigan Association of Governing Boards Distinguished Faculty Award (1992); Robert H. Winner Memorial Award Runner-up (Poetry Society of America 1992); PEN Syndicated Fiction Award (1991); National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry (1990); Finalist in 1987 & 1993 National Poetry Series; First Place in The Macguffin Poet Hunt Competition (1989, 1991)

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Pontiac, MI
Raised in: 
Traverse City, MI
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Last update: Jun 21, 2020