Emilia Phillips, 2021. (Photo by Felipe Troncoso.)

Emilia Phillips (they/them/theirs) is a nonbinary poet, nonfiction writer, and book reviewer. They are the author of four poetry collections from the University of Akron Press, including Embouchure (2021), and four chapbooks. Winner of a 2019 Pushcart Prize and a 2019–2020 NC Arts Council Fellowship, Phillips’s poems, lyric essays, and book reviews appear widely in literary publications including The Adroit Journal, Agni, American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, The Kenyon Review, New England Review, The New York Times, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. They are an Associate Professor of Creative Writing (Poetry) at UNC Greensboro, where they are core poetry faculty in the MFA in Writing Program and cross-appointed faculty in the Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.

Phillips is finalizing a new poetry collection titled Nonbinary Bird of Paradise, which includes the twelve-poem sequence titled “The Queerness of Eve,” starting a new poetry collection that features poems that memorialize the former sites of LGBTQ+ bars, and revising a lyric memoir titled Sqar.

They spent three years writing craft essays for the Ploughshares Blog. They are also in the initial stages of a digitization project that will feature contemporary poetry broadsides in an open access online gallery and they continue to review new collections of poetry.

  • Empty Clip by Emilia Phillips cover art, University of Akron Press, 2018
  • Groundspeed by Emilia Phillips (University of Akron Press, March 2016). Cover design: Amy Freels. Cover art: Hollie Chastain.
  • Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike by Emilia Phillips
  • Bestiary of Gall cover
  • Signaletics by Emilia Phillips cover
  • Embouchure by Emilia Phillips cover

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