“THE DAYS THAT WERE HAVE NOW” APPEARS IN BOSTON REVIEW
December 2015—Many thanks to Timothy Donnelly for including my poem “The days that were have now” in the January/February 2016 issue of Boston Review!
ESSAY ON AGNI’S BLOG IS A TOP POST OF 2015
December 2015—My essay “All the Deceits of the World: Poetry and Spirituality” was the fourth most viewed post on Agni’s blog. To see the top five posts, visit “2015: Looking Back.”
INTERVIEW NOW UP AT FRONT PORCH
December 2015—Many thanks for Meg E. Griffits for interviewing me about my forthcoming book Groundspeed, due out in March 2016 from the University of Akron Press. The interview is available in issue 31 of Front Porch; here’s an excerpt of our conversation:
FP: In Groundspeed, I noticed the variety of forms you employ. How do you unearth the right form for a poem? Can you talk about your personal philosophy on the role of form in your work?
EP: A hard question, mostly because form, for me, is not something I often set out to craft. I never landscape my poems. I never think, I’ll plant this here and this here and this here. The poems are largely fragmented because I felt fragmented after my surgery. With this book at least, the poems became kind of visualizations of my internal life.
INTERVIEW NOW UP AT 30 NORTH
November 2015—Many thanks to Brittany Nawara and faculty adviser Rebecca Hazelton for inviting me to talk mythology, process, and generosity in this interview on 30 North.
WALK THE LINE: A POETRY WORKSHOP AND LECTURE ON WRITING ABOUT THE BODY AT TINKER MOUNTAIN WRITERS’ WORKSHOP 2016
November 2015—Next summer I will return to the Tinker Mountain Writers’ Workshop to teach Walk the Line: A Poetry Workshop; here’s the description:
Walk the Line: A Poetry Workshop
Instructor: Emilia Phillips, all levels
Recent poetry Guggenheim recipient Ellen Bryant Voigt writes, “W.H. Auden said it is ‘a sheer waste of time to look for a definition of the difference between poetry and prose’….Yet differences between lyric and narrative seem exactly relevant-if only one could be confident what they are.” In this poetry workshop, participants will address the intersections of prose in poetry, the narrative in the lyric; we will examine the balance between the sentence and the line and explore strategies for revealing subtext through sound. In addition to discussing participants’ poems, the workshop will feature generative writing exercises meant to shake up writing habits and language orientations. All levels of poets are welcome, including prose writers who are interested in cultivating music in their sentences and image in their narratives.
I will also give a lecture on writing about the body. There are lots of great courses available at the conference, which takes place June 12–17, 2016 at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. To see the full course list, please visit the TMWW Workshop Descriptions page.
SHOUT OUT IN NOVEMBER 2015 KENYON REVIEW PODCAST
November 2015—Thanks to Maggie Smith on the November 2015 Kenyon Reviews podcast for mentioning me alongside Corey Van Landingham, Nick Lantz, and Ryan Teitman as early-career poets in which she’s interested. Smith also talks about her own writing and editorial process. (The mention appears around minute 25:00.)
“SAUL BASS REDESIGNS THE FIRST MAN” IS ON THE POETRY FOUNDATION’S POEM A DAY PODCAST
November 2015—“Saul Bass Redesigns the First Man,” which appeared in the December 2013 issue of Poetry, appeared on the Poetry Foundation’s Poem a Day Podcast on November 16, 2015.
HOME NEWS TRIBUNE ON STORYQUARTERLY NONFICTION PRIZE
November 2015—Many thanks to the newspaper Home News Tribune out of East Brunswick, New Jersey for reporting on the award bestowed by StoryQuarterly on my essay “Excisions.”.
A DARKENING TRAPEZE: LAST POEMS BY LARRY LEVIS SOON OUT FROM GRAYWOLF PRESS
November 2015—In my final year of grad school, I got to type up the manuscript of The Darkening Trapeze: Last Poems by Larry Levis from photocopies and check some of the poems against drafts in the Levis archives. It was an amazing experience—thank you, David St. John!—and it’s even more amazing to see this as a book, soon out from Graywolf Press! To pre-order the collection, due out in January 2016, visit its page on Graywolf’s site.
READING RECOMMENDATIONS BY NOVEMBER 2015 CONTRIBUTORS OF POETRY
November 2015—Harriet has included reading recommendations by Poetry magazine’s November 2015 contributors. I recommend books I’m teaching in my Spring 2016 poetry classes.
ESSAY “ALL THE DECEITS OF THE WORLD: POETRY AND SPIRITUALITY” APPEARS ON AGNI’S BLOG
November 2015—Thanks to David Ebenbach for including my essay “All the Deceits of the World: Poetry and Spirituality” on The Agni Blog. Here’s an excerpt:
Poetry, like the car ride with one’s head out the window, can offer the bewilderment of motion, vagary, and noise. The poetry of bewilderment appeals to the senses to allow the self to be unconscious of the senses—that is, the known. I’m most aware of my senses (“the deceits of the world, the flesh”) when those senses are overloaded—as they are with pain, blinding light, or deafening noise—or when they are not appealed to—as happens in a dark room when I can’t see or when I have a stuffy nose and can’t smell. For poetry to bewilder, and therefore become a spiritual engagement, it must balance meaning (utterance), silence (the ineffable), and sound (the senses).
“DREAM OF THE PHONE BOOTH” FROM NOVEMBER 2015 ISSUE OF POETRY NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
November 2015—The November 2015 issue of Poetry, including my poem “Dream of the Phone Booth,” is now available online.
“DREAM OF THE PHONE BOOTH” APPEARS IN NOVEMBER 2015 ISSUE OF POETRY
October 2015—My poem “Dream of the Phone Booth” appears in the new issue of Poetry. Many thanks to Don Share and the rest of the magazine’s editorial staff for their inclusion of my poem. The poem will be available online soon.
BLOG POST MENTIONED IN ESSAY ON WORKSHOP
October 2015—Hats off to R.A. Villanueva for mentioning my teaching handout and blog post “On Writing Poems, Workshop, and Reading Like a Writer” on Gulf Coast‘s blog for his essay “More Wreck and Less Discourse.”
INTERVIEW WITH SARA ELIZA JOHNSON APPEARS IN 32 POEMS
October 2015— Sara Eliza Johnson, poet and author of Bone Map (2014), sat down across time and space with 32 Poems interviews editor Emilia Phillips to talk about images living in the eye; the push and pull of agency and escapism; frightening oneself with one’s own poems; Joyelle’s McSweeney’s idea of the necropastoral; and minute gestures rendering cataclysmic change. Here’s a little of what Johnson had to say:
I see the poem as a site of metamorphosis, yes, but violently so (in the Ovidian sense): transformation as cataclysm, even apocalypse—as evidence of perpetual and pervasive volatility. It is transformation as the end of a moment, of a state of being, of a world, underlining the instability (and combustibility) of mind and memory and body. I think my poems are invested in the old sublimity, in that sense—that simultaneous experience of pleasure and terror in the face of magnificent force, which alters the mechanisms of the brain, the way we process the world forever after our encounter with it.
Visit the 32 Poems blog to read the rest of “The Old Sublimity: An Interview with Sara Eliza Johnson,” and enjoy!
CLAUDIA EMERSON’S POEMS AND AN INTRODUCTION IN WAXWING
October 2015—Earlier this year, Kent Ippolito, Claudia Emerson’s husband, asked if I would help send out the poems in her last completed manuscript, Claude Before Time and Space. Those poems have appeared in several journals already:
Three poems—“Swimming Alone,” “The Wheel,” and “Pre-Algebra, 1970”—were published in the new issue of Waxwing. The editors asked me to write a brief introduction to these three poems and the manuscript.
CENTENARY COLLEGE PRESS RELEASE ABOUT 2015 STORYQUARTERLY NONFICTION PRIZE
October 2015—Thanks to Centenary College for their kind write up about my essay “Excisions” winning StoryQuarterly‘s 2015 Nonfiction Prize.
Hackettstown, N.J. – Centenary College Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, Emilia Phillips, was awarded the 2015 second annual Nonfiction Prize from StoryQuarterly, the Literary Magazine at Rutgers–Camden for her essay “Excisions,” which focuses on excisive and reconstructive surgeries of her face in the wake of cancer.
To read more, visit Centenary’s News & Announcements.
GROUNDSPEED MENTIONED IN POETRY MAGAZINE’S OCTOBER 2015 READING LIST
October 2015—Many thanks to Tomás Morín for this blurb about Groundspeed, my forthcoming second book, in the October 2015 Reading List from Poetry:
Groundspeed, a collection forthcoming in 2016 from Emilia Phillips, fulfills the promise of her first book. The poems in Groundspeed have all the energy of a rollercoaster. When you finish this book, you immediately want to return to the first page for another ride.
POEM “DREAM OF THE PHONE BOOTH” OUT SOON IN THE NOVEMBER 2015 ISSUE OF POETRY
September 2015—Poetry editor Don Share posted a photo of the magazine’s November 2015 table of contents. The issue contains my poem “Dream of the Phone Booth.” Stay tuned for the print and online issues!
LYRIC ESSAY “EXCISIONS” SELECTED BY LESLIE JAMISON AS THE WINNER OF STORYQUARTERLY‘S 2015 NONFICTION PRIZE
September 2015—I have so much gratitude for judge Leslie Jamison and editor Paul Lisicky for selecting of my lyric essay “Excisions” for StoryQuarterly‘s 2015 Nonfiction Prize. This essay on the excisions of my cheek and reconstructive surgery is the most personal of the essays I’ve written. I’m so glad for it to have found a home, especially one in a literary journal out of my new home of New Jersey. “Excisions” will be publishined in the journal’s January 2016 issue. Congratulations also to runners up Rachel Yoder and Drew Krepp; I look forward to reading your pieces soon!
Additionally, they asked me to record the poem, and audio of my reading the poem is available through the Academy and Soundcloud.
BENEATH THE ICE FISH LIKE SOULS LOOK ALIKE REVIEWED IN AMERICAN MICROREVIEWS
September 2015—Many thanks to Brandon Amico for his fine and flattering review of my chapbook Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike:
Beneath the Ice…, if nothing else (though it is a lot else), is a showcase for the power of detail in verse, how a skilled poet can tell a story without an overt narrative framework and its usual devices. Nearly every line is intensely visual, and presented in a matter-of-fact voice, and most pages contain only four lines, with ample spacing between not unlike snow. This bare white space invites the reader to color in the story from the context, with moments that are so vivid and well-executed that they cannot help but intrude, disturb, and . . . insist
GROUNDSPEED IS AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON PRESS
August 2015—You can now pre-order Groundspeed, due out in March 2015, from The University of Akron Press.
GROUNDSPEED IS AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER ON AMAZON
August 2015—You can now pre-order Groundspeed, due out from the University of Akron Press in March 2016, on Amazon.
“CARBON BASED: AN INTERVIEW WITH DAVID TOMAS MARTINEZ” BY EMILIA PHILLIPS IS THE 32 POEMS PROSE FEATURE
August 2015—Thanks to David Tomas Martinez for joining the conversation over on 32 Poems. Here’s a preview of what he has to say:
I am one obstinate mofo. I have an idea of the smell and sleekness of a poem, at least the poem I am trying to create at the moment because my idea of a ‘good’ poem is constantly in flux. I try to never successfully recreate this idea of the platonically ideal perfect poem. What a fool’s task. But once in awhile I am saved by someone else’s poem. There is nothing better than reading a poem that I think shouldn’t work but does, often inexplicably. These mysteriously healthy poems only highlight my dysfunctional writing, my broken writing. And that is the conundrum, as fixated and self-involved I can be with my own poems and problems; it is the work of other writers that pushes me on, helps me persist.
2015 RUTH LILLY AND DOROTHY SARGENT ROSENBERG FELLOWSHIP FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
August 2015—I’m heart-poundingly thrilled to be one of eighteen finalists for the Poetry Foundation’s 2015 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowships. The finalists are listed below, and the recipients will be announced September 1st. Congratulations to the other finalists, and thanks to the Poetry Foundation and Poetry for their generosity and support!
EMILIA PHILLIPS APPEARS ON PODCAST WRITTEN IN SMALL SPACES TO DISCUSS UNIVERSITY OF AKRON PRESS
August 2015—Ian Bodkin invited me on Written in Small Spaces to talk about the layoffs at my publisher The University of Akron Press and the future of my forthcoming book Groundspeed. Thanks to Ian for including me in this episode:
Episode 26: A Grand Movement of the Mind and #SaveUAkronPressStaff
On this episode we begin with a call to friend of the show, Poet Emilia Phillips, where fills us in on some unfortunate events that have taken place with University of Akron Press and the University’s President Scott Scarborough. Then in the regular show we turn the podcast over to newly appointed and devastatingly brilliant, coconspirator, co-pilot across the sonic inter webs of space, time and words, co host extraordinaire Tatiana Ryckman! Tatiana sits down with writers John Proctor and Kate Senecal at the Young’s Residency and discuss finding space to write, the grand movements of the mind, 80s movies, the allowance of bad writing and creating the space of possibility for the written word. Several links follow also for where you can sign the petition and also let President Scarborough know what you think of his recent decision. So simmer down, keep it up, relax, let your voice be heard and give us a listen.
DORA MALECH’S “NOT AN ELEGY FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON PRESS” ON THE KENYON REVIEW
July 2015—Dora Malech provides some insightful commentary about the layoffs at my publisher the University of Akron Press over on The Kenyon Review‘s blog:
We are still writing and revising the fate of The University of Akron Press. I say “we,” since the voices that matter to me are the voices of the poets, editors, and designers who make the literary landscape a place worth inhabiting. These are the voices that matter to me because they have earned my trust through their words and their work, using the power of the page to touch my life in meaningful ways, far beyond the physical location of Akron. These are, unfortunately, not the loudest or most powerful voices in our current cultural climate, as evidenced by the sweeping budget and job cuts that unceremoniously shut down The University of Akron Press earlier this week. More recent clarifications state that “the press” itself will not be shut down entirely, but will be “transferred to the Division of Libraries.” Whatever this actually means in practical terms, what is a press without its editors, its staff, its expertise, its resources, and its vision? And what is a university, if not a place that supports intellectual and creative growth and community?
Malech also provides a space for the voices of former Akron Poetry Series editor Mary Biddinger, designer Amy Freels, Cleveland State Poetry Center Director Caryl Pagel, and some of the authors/editors of the Press’s books/anthologies, including Rebecca Hazelton, Brittany Cavallaro, Steve Kistulentz, and me. Malech also reminds everyone what we can do to show our support of the University of Akron Press:
What you can do to make your voice heard:
- Sign and share the Change.org petition “Restore Funding for University of Akron Press”
- Tweet your thoughts using the hashtag #SaveUAkronPress
- Write to the University of Akron Board at BoardOffice@uakron.edu
- Write to University President Scott Scarborough at email@example.com, or tweet @PresScarborough
- Buy books from the University of Akron Press (I, of course, love the Akron Series in Poetry & Poetics and the Akron Poetry Prize offerings)
- Blog about the situation and use social media to share poems by UA Press authors
From Emilia Phillips’s “Groundspeed”: “Whatever crashes downwards, sends praise back up… // A transference of energy–” . . . “A body / can, like a sympathetic string, ring with another’s / peril.”
Let’s keep sending praise. Let’s keep ringing.
UNIVERSITY OF AKRON PRESS’S STATEMENT ABOUT THEIR FUTURE
July 2015—The University of Akron Press released this statement on their website:
The future of The UA Press
The operations of University Press are being transferred to the Division of Libraries, where the director will work with the interim dean of Libraries and the Provost to assess UA Press operations and to recommend priorities going forward.
It is anticipated that books under contract will be completed. Proposals under review or consideration for publication will be evaluated.
Posted July 30, 2015
ON THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON AND THE FUTURE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON PRESS
July 2015—Earlier this week, the University of Akron laid off the entire staff of my publisher the University of Akron Press and, at least for a day, shut down the press entirely. After some backpeddaling, the press will remain open under the auspices of the university’s library but without any known staff. The future of my second poetry collection Groundspeed is uncertain, and without a staff I am concerned about how the University intends to handle and support the book.
Several news outlets and organizations have covered the events unfolding at the University of Akron:
- “University of Akron Press in Limbo” by Claire Kirch at Publisher’s Weekly
- “AAUP Responds to University of Akron Press Announcement” on the American Association of University Presses (AAUP) website
- “The University of Akron to Close Its University Press and Multicultural Center Due to Budget Shortfall” on AWP’s The Writer’s News
VCU MFA ALUMNI HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2015
July 2015—VCU’s MFA in Creative Writing Program released their 2015 alumni highlights on their blog. Included in the list are accomplishments by Tarfia Faizullah, Lynda Fleet-Perry, Gregory Kimbrell, Lea Marshall, Emilia Phillips, Joshua Poteat, Dale Smith, Patty Smith, and others.
“DOUBLE LIFE: AN INTERVIEW WITH SARAH BLAKE” IS THE 32 POEMS PROSE FEATURE
July 2015—My interview with Sarah Blake is the 32 Poems Prose Feature. In this feature, Blake talks about her first book Mr. West, silence and redaction, sections vs. series, and more. Here’s an excerpt:
SARAH BLAKE: I am shocked I wrote a whole book about Kanye for a few reasons. I’m surprised I went from liking his music to being a superfan that knows way more about his life and his work than is normal. I’m surprised I’ve positioned myself as an expert of sorts and now in interviews I’m asked not just about my book but for opinions on Kanye. I’m also surprised I’ve positioned myself as a pop culture writer. And really this is just general surprise at the success of the book—I wrote it, I found a press for it, it exists now as an object and also as my first book, my debut, the start of my career, officially, which means it is doing the entirety of the work to define who I am as a writer right now. I’m surprised that the little girl that was near silent in school for a good ten years is now an outspoken pop culture writer. The book is so much about the public vs. the private, but I’m feeling that divide in my life for the first time. My identity as author of Mr. West doesn’t totally align with my identity at home. I think that’s where most of the shock is coming from.
SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 2015 JAMES RIVER WRITERS CONFERENCE
July 2015—The speakers for the 2015 JRW Conference in Richmond, Virginia have been announced. As one of the featured speakers, I will participate in panels, the topics and times of which will be available in the near feature. Register and find out more information about this year’s conference on the JRW website.
POETS ON GROWTH ANTHOLOGY RELEASED
July 2015—Congrats to editors Peter LaBerge and Talin Tahajian on their fine anthology Poets On Growth: An Anthology of Poetry of Craft just released from Math Paper Press, and many thanks to them for including a few of my poems and an essay. The anthology features original essays and poetry by Richard Siken, Caroline Crew, Timothy Liu, Sandy Longhorn, Joseph Chapman, Rachel Mennies, D. Gilson, Wendy Barker, Phillip B. Williams, Angela Voras-Hills, Sean Patrick Hill, Ruth Awad, Wesley Rothman, Laura Eve Engel, Tasha Cotter, Jing-Jing Lee, Lisa Hiton, Bruce Bond, Claudia Cortese, Emilia Phillips, Matthew Nienow, and Ocean Vuong. Explore and buy the anthology online.
PAGE FOR GROUNDSPEED NOW AVAILABLE
July 2015—An information page for Groundspeed is now available under “Books.” This page features the book’s cover, jacket copy, and links to excerpts online.
COVER DESIGN OF GROUNDSPEED APPROVED
July 2015—The University of Akron Press approved the cover design of my second poetry collection, Groundspeed. Many thanks to designer Amy Freels and collage artist Hollie Chastain for the original design and artwork!
RESPONSE ANTHOLOGY BY DIANA ROSS AND THE SUPREMES ON THE RS 500
June 2015—Many thanks to Brad Efford and The RS 500 for publishing my prose poem/lyric essay response to the music of Diana Ross & The Supremes. An excerpt:
My mother carries me in body-warm blankets to Vivian Volvo to doze in the backseat, blood hourglassing to my skull as the car careens in the ridgecut’s curve illuminated in the streetlights’ arched, interval orange as the unbalanced tires warp out the black sea on which my breathing rowboats. Burning, burning yearning… Whatever voice from the waking world penetrates a dream is a kind of a god. I have learned to pray, Deus ex cassette tape. Sugar’s Ribs neons on the dark ridge like the expectation of tomorrow’s heat as the brakes scuff and ache time to a slower pace. At the exit ramp’s red light, no traffic passes and yet we wait. He has called her, his wants stamped by Percocet, and asked her to come, and so she goes.
Middle of the night, middle of the summer, I always wait in the car, asleep, not asleep, on these errands, something easy, Motown, in the deck, the whir of the tape as it spools and unspools, not unlike memory, and not like it.
A-side. B-side. A dark figure approached the car. I tensed.
READING BY PETER TAYLOR FELLOWS AT THE KENYON REVIEW WRITERS WORKSHOP ON SUNDAY, JUNE 14TH
June 2015—I’m reading among the other Peter Taylor Fellows at this year’s Kenyon Review Writers’ Workshop. For more information, visit the conference website.
TINKER MOUNTAIN WRITERS’ WORKSHOP STARTS TODAY, JUNE 7TH
June 2015—This afternoon I’m heading down to the Tinker Mountain Writers’ Workshop at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia to teach a five-day, poetry workshop! I’ve got four students this year, and we’re going to do a lot of writing together. For more information about the TMWW, please visit their website.
LYRIC ESSAY “REMAINS” APPEARS IN NEW ISSUE OF NINTH LETTER
May 2015—Many thanks to the editors of Ninth Letter for publishing my lyric essay “Remains” in their 12.1 issue! To order the issue, please go to their Current Issue page. Thanks also to editor Sara Fan for providing the second photo below.
SHIPPING OF 35-PRINT RUN OF CLAUDIA EMERSON’S “I” BROADSIDE
May 2015—On Tuesday May 5, I completed a second run of the broadside featuring Claudia Emerson’s poem “I.” This run was completed on a 1907 Chandler & Price platen price with Pantone 433-colored, oil-based ink at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond.
I’m selling these broadsides for $10 (+$3 shipping), and I will donate the sales proceeds to VCU College of Humanities & Social Science’s Claudia Emerson Memorial Scholarship Fund. As on Saturday, May 9th, I’ve started shipping orders.
RECEIVED CERTIFICATE IN GRANT WRITING & MANAGEMENT FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND
May 2015—After a week-long intensive, I earned a certificate in grant writing & management from The University of Richmond’s School of Professional & Continuing Studies!
SIGNALETICS REVIEWED IN THE TUSCULUM REVIEW
May 2015—Many thanks to Matthew Pierce for his tender and incisive review of Signaletics (University of Akron Press, 2013). Here’s a little of what he had to say:
Phillips’s poems often explore trackless, murky spaces that any reader has at one time or another crawled through on their own. Her poetry, evoking a kind of emotional synesthesia, remains crisply defined and illuminated by tremendous clarity of voice and image. . . . Phillips has a remarkable capacity for edging us closer to the utter distance between ourselves and others, even those we love, without anxiety and with a sense of warmth and, at least, the possibility of presence.
FINALIST FOR THE WISCONSIN INSTITUTE FOR CREATIVE WRITING FELLOWSHIPS
May 2015—Wisconsin named its 2015–2016 Creative Writing Fellows & Finalists. I’m honored to be among the finalists. Congratulations to poetry fellows Karyna McGlynn, Mark Wagenaar, and Josh Kalscheur, and to the finalists! Here’s Wisconsin’s official finalist announcement:
This year’s finalists in poetry were Neil Aitkin, Julia Bouwsma, Michael Dauro, Meg Day, Dante Di Stefano, Miranda Field, Brandi George, Patrick Johnson, Sara Eliza Johnson, Victoria Kornick, Nate Marshall, Matt Morton, Emilia Phillips, Jordan Rice, Brandon Som, Corey Van Landingham, Laura Wetherington, Javier Zamora, and Nikki Zielinski.
FEATURED ON “FROM THE DESK OF” BLOG SERIES
May 2015—Erin Dorney kindly asked me to contribute a photo of my desk and a 100-word description of one item on that desk; I chose my lamp. To see the feature, go to Real Pants. In the mean time, here’s the photo of my desk.
PHOTOS OF TWO POEMS IN AGNI 81
May 2015—To order AGNI 81, in which “Stopping at Texaco a Year After My Brother’s Death” and “The Wind Lends a Voice to the Mountain Laurel Above Pretty Polly’s Grave,” please visit AGNI‘s website.
THREE POEMS AND A LYRIC ESSAY APPEAR IN BLACKBIRD
May 2015—Thank you to the Blackbird editors for their generous and ongoing support. In their v14n1 issue, they’ve published three poems from Groundspeed: “Pastoral (Future Interstate),” “Pastoral (Radio),” and “Pastoral (With One’s Head Out the Car Window)”.
In the foreword, the editors write about “Lodge,” my lyric essay in the issue:
Emilia Phillips catalogs and maps, reporting from recent travels how “seagulls land and become a landscape over a landscape, as snow does: a contour line, a living topography.” Suspicious of the flipped script our “similes / of nature” seem to follow now, of how trees get figured as “telephone poles,” and a “wingspan, a hanging up receiver,” Phillips subtly enjoins us to reevaluate the logic of the one-way street.
BENEATH THE ICE FISH LIKE SOULS LOOK ALIKE RELEASED MONDAY, MAY 4TH
May 2015—My chapbook-length poem Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike is available from Bull City Press! To order, please visit the chapbook’s page on their website.
“IN OUR LIVING WORLD: AN INTERVIEW WITH COREY VAN LANDINGHAM” BY EMILIA PHILLIPS IS THE 32 POEMS PROSE FEATURE
April 2015—Many thanks to Corey Van Landingham for such an awesome interview about mystery, creation myths, militarized drones as poetic subject matter, vanitas for poetry, and more! Here’s a little of what she has to say:
Language that is too conclusive, that does not call anything into question, lacks permanence. Questions that are easily answered don’t stick around. And the same goes for poems. I am uninterested, ultimately, in answering. Complicating something is much more compelling to me, as a reader and a writer. But I’m interested, too, in the action of obscuring . . .
TWO POEMS APPEAR IN AGNI
April 2015—”Stopping at Texaco a Year After My Brother’s Death” and “The Wind Lends a Voice To the Mountain Laurel Above Pretty Polly’s Grave” appear in AGNI 81. To order the issue, please go to the issue’s page on their website.
JOINING CENTENARY COLLEGE IN FALL 2015
April 2015—In Fall 2015, I will join Centenary College’s Department of English & Foreign Languages as the Assistant Professor of Creative Writing! I’m thrilled to work with the students and faculty there. New Jersey, here I come!
TWO POEMS APPEAR IN CRAZYHORSE
April 2015—Many thanks to Crazyhorse’s poetry editor Emily Rosko and managing editor Jonathan Heinen for publishing my poems “Apologia of the Shoulder Devil” and “Saudade in the City” in the new issue of Crazyhorse. The issue is shipping starting this week! To order a subscription, please visit their website. Photos by Jonathan Heinen.
“SUPINE BODY IN FULL-LENGTH MIRROR, HOTEL ROOM, UPPER WEST SIDE” APPEARS IN THE NEW ISSUE OF NEW ENGLAND REVIEW AND ONLINE
April 2015—So many thanks to New England Review’s poetry editor Rick Barot and their staff for including my poem “Supine Body in Full-Length Mirror, Hotel Room, Upper West Side” in their new issue alongside poetry by Jennifer Chang, Steven Cramer, Kevin Prufer, C.K. Williams, Nick Lantz, Erin Lynch, Cate Marvin, William Logan, Jehanne Dubrow, Ocean Vuong, Daisy Fried, Anders Carlson-Wee, and John Poch.
The poem also appears on NER’s website, along with other featured content from the issue:
BENEATH THE ICE FISH LIKE SOULS LOOK ALIKE BACK FROM THE PRINTER
April 2015—Bull City Press editor Ross White sent me these sneak-peek photos of my third chapbook, Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike, due out on May 4th! Advanced copies will be available for purchase at the AWP conference in Minneapolis April 8–11th, table #1832. I will be signing the chapbook at the table on Friday the 10th from 11:00 AM–12:00 PM.
You can also preorder the chapbook through Bull City Press’s website.
BENEATH THE ICE FISH LIKE SOULS LOOK ALIKE PAGE NOW ONLINE
April 2015—My forthcoming chapbook Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike (Bull City Press, 2015) now has a page here.
OTHER PROJECTS PAGE NOW ONLINE
April 2015—So I can share other projects I’ve been working on, including my letterpress class work, an Other Projects page is now available on this site.
COVER AND PREORDER NOW AVAILABLE FOR BENEATH THE ICE FISH LIKE SOULS LOOK ALIKE
March 2015—The good people at Bull City Press have released the cover image for my third chapbook, Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike, and have made the chapbook available for preorder for $10 through their website. Although the chapbook won’t be officially released until May, the press will have copies for purchase at their AWP book fair table (#1832) April 9–11 in Minneapolis!
“POETRY AS A WAY OF THINKING: AN INTERVIEW WITH JAMES ARTHUR” BY EMILIA PHILLIPS IS THE 32 POEMS PROSE FEATURE
March 2015—Thanks to James Arthur for this conversation on recitation, spells, poems as built objects, and more! Here’s an excerpt of what James had to say:
. . . here’s what I like: I like poems that immediately claim my attention, instead of taking my attention for granted. At first read, I want to feel compelled to pick up the poem again; I want to be curious about its byways and secret corners. I like poems that affect me emotionally and also provoke me to further, deeper thought. I enjoy challenge, but not, I think, for its own sake. If a poem is difficult, I want that difficulty to exist because the poet is struggling to communicate what is genuinely mysterious, not because the poet is throwing roadblocks in my way.
“A FRONT MOVING IN” APPEARS IN THE PINCH
March 2015—Thank you to the editors of The Pinch for including my poem “A Front Moving In” from my in-progress, third book Bluff in their current issue. To order the issue or a subscription, please visit their website.
“CAN’T BE CREATED OR DESTROYED: AN INTERVIEW WITH MARK JAY BREWIN, JR.” BY EMILIA PHILLIPS IS THE 32 POEMS PROSE FEATURE
March 2015—Thanks to Mark Jay Brewin, Jr. for this wonderful conversation. Here’s an excerpt of what Mark had to say:
I see language as a type of energy. Something that can’t be created or destroyed. Something on-going, infinite. Something in the air. Something we take into us—like breath—without even knowing it, and something we give out unconditionally.
“READING OVID AT THE PLASTIC SURGEON’S” AND “SAUL BASS REDESIGNS THE FIRST MAN” APPEARED ON THE POETRY FOUNDATION’S POEM-A-DAY AUDIO FEATURE BACK IN OCTOBER 2014
March 2015—To hear me read these two poems from Groundspeed (forthcoming in March 2016 from the University of Akron Press), please visit the Poetry Foundation’s Audio & Podcasts collection.
POEM FROM GROUNDSPEED APPEARS IN MIRAMAR
February 2015—Many thanks to Christopher Buckley for his inclusion of “Life Vest Under Your Seat” in Miramar no. 3. For more information about the journal, visit their website.
INTERVIEW WITH EMILIA PHILLIPS BY DANIELLE SUSI ON THE ANGLE
January 2015—Many thanks to Danielle Susi for interviewing me about my forthcoming collection Groundspeed, pedagogy, and failed poems for The Angle.
TITLE POEM OF SECOND COLLECTION GROUNDSPEED APPEARS IN GREEN MOUNTAINS REVIEW ONLINE
January 2015—Many thanks to poetry editor Elizabeth Powell, online editor Jensen Beach, and the rest of the staff of Green Mountains Review for featuring “Groundspeed” online! Groundspeed, my second collection of poems, is due out from the University of Akron Press Akron Poetry Series in March early 2016.
RESPONSE TO TUNNEL OF LOVE BY BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN ON THE RS 500
January 2015—I wrote an essay in response to Bruce Springsteen’s Tunnel of Love for The RS 500. Read it online.
RESPONSE TO DOWN EVERY ROAD BY MERLE HAGGARD ON THE RS 500
December 2014—I wrote a little essay in response to Merle Haggard’s Down Every Road for The RS 500, but I’m devastated by the context of the publication. From The RS 500 editor Brad Efford:
Many of us here at The RS are still reeling today from the very recent death of Claudia Emerson, a poet, teacher, and musician whose place in our lives will be impossible to ever adequately re-fill. Claudia named her cats after country singers, memorialized musicians who had recently passed every year on her Christmas tree, and meant a hell of a lot to just about everyone she even briefly knew. Today’s entry on Merle Haggard’s Down Every Road she especially would have liked, I think, and it’s only fitting to see Emilia Phillips’s name, a friend and student of Claudia’s, at the signature line.
“Down every road, there’s always one more city.” Indeed. Enjoy.
PETER TAYLOR FELLOWSHIP TO THE KENYON REVIEW WRITERS WORKSHOP
November 2014—I found out that I received a Peter Taylor Fellowship to the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop where I will assist Mary Szybist in her poetry workshop June 13–20, 2015. Thank you to The Kenyon Review! I can’t wait to see you in Gambier!
AUDIO READING OF BRUCE BOND’S “WITNESS” APPEARS ON LINEBREAK
November 2014—Linebreak let me loose with a microphone to record a reading of Bruce Bond’s “Witness.”
READING AT BERL’S POETRY SHOP IN BROOKLYN
November 2014—On Saturday, November 15th at 7 PM, Berl’s Poetry Shop hosts “An All Emilys Reading” featuring Emily Brandt, Emily Hockaday, Emily Hyland, Emily Moore, Emilia Phillips, Emily Skillings, and Emily Yoon, Berl’s Poetry Shop, 126A Front Street, D.U.M.B.O., Brooklyn, NY. For more information, visit the Berl’s events calendar.
“LIGHT ON THE PAGE: AN INTERVIEW WITH ALLISON BENIS WHITE” BY EMILIA PHILLIPS IS THE 32 POEMS PROSE FEATURE
November 2014—Thank you to Allison Benis White for allowing me to interview her for the 32 Poems Prose Feature. Here’s an excerpt from our conversation:
Chaos—confusion, bewilderment—these are things I’m always working against and within as a writer. Frost famously argued that a poem is a ‘temporary stay against confusion’—and by ‘stay,’ within the context of ‘The Figure a Poem Makes,’ he means clarification—a temporary clarification of life. This resonates with me, although I don’t know if I agree with the certainty of his claim—I think poems are definitely an attempt at a stay, a reach toward clarity or revelation. My experience is that these brief moments of (almost) order and light on the page dissolve fairly quickly into bewilderment again, which brings me back to the page to try (and fail) again. I like the idea, as you put it, of ‘poets of chaos’—I’m certainly a child of chaos, since my mother disappeared when I was so young, so I can’t imagine being any other kind of poet. There is a line in Small Porcelain Head that reads ‘…until the opposite is the same—she is empty enough.’ This line is referring to death, but for me it also suggests the need for order is an act of emptying that is very satisfying—but human bewilderment naturally rushes in to fill its absence again.
POEMS FORTHCOMING IN . . .
November 2014—Agni, Blackbird, Crazyhorse, Green Mountains Review, Green Mountains Review Online, New England Review, The Pinch, and Ploughshares.
AUDIO OF A READING BY PAULA CHAMPA, EMILIA PHILLIPS, AND JOSHUA POTEAT APPEARS ON BLACKBIRD
November 2014—Blackbird v13n2 features audio of a reading I did with Paula Champa and Joshua Poteat for Poetic Principles at the Library of Virginia on May 27, 2014. My part starts around the 22:40 mark.
EMILIA PHILLIPS APPEARS ON FIRST BOOK INTERVIEWS
November 2014—Many thanks to Keith Montesano, editor of First Book Interviews, for interviewing me about Signaletics, the contest circuit, and the process of editing my first book with Mary Biddinger.
“ALL POETS ARE MUTTS: AN INTERVIEW WITH ROBIN EKISS” BY EMILIA PHILLIPS IS THE 32 POEMS PROSE FEATURE
October 2014—Thank you to Robin Ekiss for allowing me to interview her for 32 Poems. Here’s an excerpt of our conversation:
EP: . . . A fun question: If we were to literally evolve through poetry, how would our bodies change? Would we have larger lungs for all that breath? Will we be able to use our feet to type?
RE: We’d all have skylights in our brains! And extra sets of eyes so we could see more of the world around us. And maybe bookshelves built into our backs, so we could carry a few slim volumes around for reference (although I guess that’s what smartphones and tablets and e-readers are for). More than a physical transformation of writers, I’d like to see a broad-spectrum evolution of readers: more people receptive to the ambiguity of language, more critical thinkers who engage with art and understand why it’s important, not just as entertainment but in creating empathetic, sentient beings. Poetry helps us walk upright: be more man, less ape, so to speak.
THE BOOK OF SCENTED THINGS REVIEWED IN THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE
October 2014—The Book of Scented Things received a great review in The Chicago Tribune. Among other contributions to the anthology, “Midnight Noir” by Emilia Phillips was mentioned in the review.
GROUNDSPEED WILL BE PUBLISHED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON PRESS, AKRON POETRY SERIES
October 2014—Many thanks to the Akron Poetry Series and editor Mary Biddinger for accepting my second poetry collection Groundspeed for publication! The publication date is to be determined. Akron’s press release follows.
In Groundspeed, Emilia Phillips’s second poetry collection, highways become the new pastoral and travel—across land, through memory, and into personas—chronicles the poet’s reckonings with a brother’s death, her diagnosis of cancer, sexual attraction, and the destruction of the American landscape in the name of “development.” At turns elegiac, meditative, and mischievous, these formally diverse poems argue that all bodies—whether human, national, and textual—are ultimately fleeting and can only be received, translated by our gazing eyes “as light, as light alone.”
“NO END TO WHAT CAN BE IMAGINED: AN INTERVIEW WITH DON SHARE” APPEARS ON 32 POEMS PROSE FEATURE
October 2014—Thank you to Don Share, editor of Poetry magazine and author of several poetry collections, for allowing me to interview him for the 32 Poems Prose Feature. “Poems are more than disembodied abstract entities hovering in and before the mind like ghosts,” he says.
“I love it that Jack Spicer said that the poet is like a radio receiving transmissions from a Martian source: that a poet is invaded by the parasite of a poem’s source, and so on; but he was more talented than I am. For me, it’s like tickling yourself: I can’t thrill myself with my own work. Geoffrey Hill has expressed contempt for the idea of poems as “selfies,” and I’m with him; so I never feel impressed by my own work. The whole point is for somebody else to care in the end.”
INTERVIEW ABOUT “READING OVID AT THE PLASTIC SURGEON’S” APPEARS ON HOW A POEM HAPPENS
October 2014—Thank you to editor Brian Brodeur for inviting me to talk about the making of my poem “Reading Ovid at the Plastic Surgeon’s” over at How a Poem Happens.
POEMS “CAPRICCIO” AND “EKDEKHESTHAI” APPEAR IN WEST BRANCH WIRED
September 2014—Thank you to the editors of West Branch for including my poems “Capriccio” and “Ekdekhesthai” from my second manuscript Groundspeed in their new issue of West Branch Wired. The issue also features poems by J.P. Grasser, Michael Loughran, and Shane McRae.
REVIEW OF SIGNALETICS IN BELOIT POETRY JOURNAL
August 2014—Thank you, Melissa Crowe, for your x-ray vision into Signaletics in a double review of my book and Jamaal May’s Hum in the new Beloit Poetry Journal. “A poet of the post-confessional lyric, Phillips also expresses ambivalence about what she’ll reveal, in writing, of herself. Raised to understand that we have the right to remain silent, she chooses sometimes to remain absent ‘from the knowledge // of others’ (‘Ars Poetica [Latent Print]’). In the end, though, she seems to recommend we “break cover,” ending the poem ‘Latent Print: Pale Suits’ with what seems a straightforward call to arms but which I can’t help reading as a call to write: ‘Bow & pick up // your weapon. Now anything blunt will do.'” Read the review “Things To Keep” online or order a subscription of Beloit Poetry Journal.
“AGAINST A BAD HAMMER: AN INTERVIEW WITH CHAD DAVIDSON” BY EMILIA PHILLIPS IS THE 32 POEMS PROSE FEATURE
August 2014—Chad Davidson talks with me about relatability, perfect readers, using poetry as a metaphor to describe the world, and more for the 32 Poems Prose Feature: “If more people read poetry and were used to the kinds of language and devices deployed there, then using those devices in turn as metaphors for other things (houses, cars, domestic appliances, yogurt) might make some sense. As it stands, poetry is usually the unfamiliar.” To read the interview, please go to the 32 Poems blog.
EMILIA PHILLIPS ON COLLECTED WORDS, KVSF 101.5 SANTA FE
August 2014—To listen to my interview with Christopher J. Johnson, go to the Collected Words archive for August 13, 2014.
EMILIA PHILLIPS NAMED A FINALIST FOR THE RUTH LILLY AND DOROTHY SARGENT ROSENBERG POETRY FELLOWSHIPS
July 2014—The Poetry Foundation announced the thirty-one finalists, including Emilia Phillips, for the 2014 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships. The recipients of the five fellowships will be announced by September 1. For more information about the finalists and the fellowship, visit the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships page on the Poetry Foundation’s website.
VIDEO OF “THE RISING COST OF DYING” FOR SOUTHERN INDIANA REVIEW
July 2014—Southern Indiana Review posted a video of me reading “The Rising Cost of Dying.”
POEM APPEARS IN SOUTHERN INDIANA REVIEW
June 2014—”The Rising Cost of Dying” appears in the Spring 2014 issue of Southern Indiana Review. For more information about the issue or to subscribe, please visit their website.
“FULL TRAJECTORY: AN INTERVIEW WITH TOM SLEIGH” APPEARS ON 32 POEMS
June 2014—”Perhaps most importantly is the life you lead between poems,” Sleigh says in my interview with him for the 32 Poems Prose Feature.
“CHAPBOOK OMNIBUS REVIEW” APPEARS IN THE SPRING 2014 ISSUE OF BLACKBIRD
May 2014—My reviews of Steve Scafidi’s Songs for the Carry-On (Q Ave Press, 2013), Aubrey Lenahan’s Note Pinned to the Back of a Dress (H_NGM_N, 2013), Matthew Minicucci’s Reliquary (Accents Publishing, 2013), Michele Poulos’s A Disturbance in the Air (Slapering Hol, 2012), and Philip Metres’s A Concordance of Leaves (Diode Editions, 2013). Read the review on Blackbird.
CRAIG BEAVEN REVIEWS SIGNALETICS IN THE SPRING 2014 ISSUE OF BLACKBIRD
May 2014—Many thanks to Craig Beaven for his incredible review of Signaletics! Here’s a glimpse at what he has to say: “Phillips must have a restless curiosity and a fierce intellect to have cast her poetic gaze so widely, and to have made lyric use out of such disparate materials. As with any excellent poetry, these adventures, characters, stories, and songs all become a part of the self, become amalgamated into the author’s own persona.” Read the rest of the review on Blackbird.
“THE SHOWERS” APPEARS IN THE NEW ISSUE OF HARVARD REVIEW April 2014—Many thanks to the editors for the inclusion of the poem! To order a copy of the issue or a subscription to the journal, go to Harvard Review‘s website.
REBECCA HAZELTON’S “THREE REVIEWS,” INCLUDING OF SIGNALETICS, FROM THE APRIL 2014 ISSUE OF POETRY IS NOW ONLINE
March 2014—To read the review, visit Poetry‘s April 2014 issue.
REBECCA HAZELTON’S “THREE REVIEWS,” INCLUDING OF SIGNALETICS, FROM THE APRIL 2014 ISSUE OF POETRY IS THE POETRY DAILY PROSE FEATURE
March 2014—Poetry Daily selected Hazelton’s “Three Reviews” of Women’s Poetry: Poems and Advice edited by Daisy Fried, Milk and Filth by Carmen Gimenez Smith, and Signaletics by Emilia Phillips as their Prose Feature. Check out the three reviews on Poetry Daily‘s website.
LAUREN HILGER REVIEWS SIGNALETICS ON GREEN MOUNTAINS REVIEW
March 2014—Hilger opens her review by saying: “Emilia Phillips’s first collection of poems, Signaletics, masterfully builds an atmosphere like that of an ancient laboratory where the tools are out and books still open.” Thanks to Lauren Hilger for deft examination of the collection. To read the rest of the review, go to GMR‘s website.
BULL CITY PRESS TO PUBLISH CHAPBOOK BENEATH THE ICE FISH LIKE SOULS LOOK ALIKE IN LATE 2014
March 2014—Bull City Press announced that it will publish the chapbook Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike by Emilia Phillips. It will be available in late 2014. To view the announcement of the chapbook in addition to the winners and finalists of the Frost Place Chapbook Compeition, visit Bull City’s blog.
REBECCA HAZELTON REVIEWS SIGNALETICS IN APRIL 2014 ISSUE OF POETRY MAGAZINE
March 2014—It’s an honor to be in this conversation, to have an open and honest evaluation, and to have the review land on lines like these: “when Signaletics is firing on all cylinders Phillips marries esoteric knowledge, personal narrative, and language to create an illuminating whole…When Phillips writes like this her erudition and—should I say—heart are a knockout combo.” To read the review, subscribe to Poetry. Additionally, the review should appear online soon.
“TO CAST OURSELVES BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS: AN INTERVIEW WITH REBECCA HAZELTON” APPEARS ON 32 POEMS
March 2014—My interview with Rebecca Hazelton is the 32 Poems Prose Feature.
RICHARD JACKSON INTERVIEWS EMILIA PHILLIPS FOR MEACHAM CONVERSATIONS
March 2014—The video and transcript of Jackson’s fall 2013 interview with me at the Meacham Writers’ Workshop can be found on the conference’s website.
LISA WELLS INTERVIEWS EMILIA PHILLIPS ON OMNIVERSE
March 2014—Lisa Wells asks about Signaletics, form, research, ironic verse, and more. Check out the full interview on Omniverse.
IAN BODKIN INTERVIEWS EMILIA PHILLIPS ON WRITTEN ON SMALL SPACES
February 2014—”We discuss writing away from the self, the art of pinball, the ins & outs of using tilt in competitive pinball, knowing how to accept the poem, experiencing the process of writing both from pen to page to the key beneath the finger, as well as discussing the finer points of conceiving the poem on the page.” Visit Written in Small Spaces to listen to the interview.
NEW ENGLAND REVIEW FEATURES AUDIO OF TWO POEMS FROM READING AT THE 2013 BREAD LOAF WRITERS’ CONFERENCE
February 2014—A reading of “Teratoma” and “Latent Print” now appear on New England Review‘s website. Many thanks to Devin MacDonald and the other editors of NER for their support.
TWO NEW POEMS IN POETRY NORTHWEST
January 2014–The Fall & Winter 2013–2014 issue of Poetry Northwest contains “Wheelchair in Hayloft” and “The Southern Baptist Preacher Asks Me, Age Four, If I Died Today Where Would I Go?” from the second manuscript, Heaven and Men and Devils. Thumb’s up and a big thanks to editor Kevin Craft for including the poems. For more information and to subscribe, go to the journal’s website.
EMILIA PHILLIPS AND ROGER REEVES READ FOR POETS IN PRINT AT THE KALAMAZOO BOOK ARTS CENTER
January 2014—On Saturday the 18th, Emilia Phillips and Roger Reeves read for the Poets in Print reading series. Hannah Ball at the Western Herald provides more details. Many thanks to reading series coordinator Traci Brimhall for inviting us up and hosting us!
MAGGIE MILLNER REVIEWS SIGNALETICS ON ZYZZYVA
January 2014—Many thanks to Maggie Millner for “The Remnants of the Dead Stir Minor Resurrections: Emilia Philips’ ‘Signaletics'”—an honor indeed!
DILLON J. WELCH REVIEWS SIGNALETICS ON AMERICAN MICROREVIEWS
January 2014—Many thanks to Dillon J. Welch for his review of Signaletics!
“MAYBE THE POEM DOESN’T GIVE A SHIT: AN INTERVIEW WITH GARY JACKSON” ON 32 poems
December 2013—My interview with Gary Jackson is the 32 Poems Prose Feature.
EMILIA PHILLIPS FEATURED IN “BREAKING THROUGH THE NOISE: OUR NINTH ANNUAL LOOK AT DEBUT POETS” IN POETS & WRITERS
December 2013—”Breaking Through the Noise: Our Ninth Annual Look at Debut Poets,” features Emilia Phillips, Dan Chelotti, Matt Rasmussen, Jeffrey Pethybridge, Hailey Leithauser, Roger Reeves, Sasha West, Greg Wrenn, Wendy Xu, and Laurie Ann Guerrero. Many thanks to article author Victoria Chang for the inclusion in this feature.
“WHO ISN’T CURIOUS?: AN INTERVIEW WITH KEITH EKISS” ON 32 POEMS
December 2013—My interview with Keith Ekiss is the 32 Poems Prose Feature.
POETRY MAGAZINE‘S DECEMBER READING LIST NOW UP ON HARRIET
December 2013—On Harriet, contributors from December 2013 issue of Poetry share their reading lists.
READING OF “READING OVID AT THE PLASTIC SURGEON’S” AND “SAUL BASS REDESIGNS THE FIRST MAN” ON DECEMBER POETRY MAGAZINE PODCAST
December 2013—I’m featured on the December Poetry Magazine Podcast with the two poems that appear in the issue, “Reading Ovid at the Plastic Surgeon’s” and “Saul Bass Redesigns the First Man,” with Tomas Q. Morin, Eileen Myles, and more.
“LOOK! HE’S MOVING!: AN INTERVIEW WITH ALAN SHAPIRO” APPEARS ON 32 POEMS
November 2013—My interview with Alan Shapiro is the 32 Poems Prose Feature.
“THE UNREPEATABLE EXPERIMENT: THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL WORK OF POETRY” APPEARS ON THE SUPERSTITION REVIEW‘S BLOG
November 2013—My essay on archaeology, poetry, fragments, and memory appears on Superstition Review‘s blog as the Guest Blog Post. Many thanks to the editors for asking me to participate.
A MICRO-ESSAY APPEARS IN BUZZFEED‘S “MAKING A PLACE AT THE TABLE FOR GRIEF ON THANKSGIVING”
November 2013—Thirteen micro-essays, including mine, appear in this feature curated by Saeed Jones on BuzzFeed.
“AUBADE” APPEARS IN THE FREEMAN
November 2013–“Aubade” appears in The Freeman. Many thanks to poetry editor Luke Hankins for giving this scuttling thing a shell to call home!
MY REVIEW OF MARCUS WICKER’S MAYBE THE SADDEST THING ON 32 POEMS
November 2013—“In Praise of Everything: a Review of Marcus Wicker’s Maybe the Saddest Thing“ is the 32 Poems Prose Feature.
ANNA JOURNEY’S ESSAY “GHOST CONFEDERACY: MEDITATION ON THE HAUNTED LYRICS; RICHMOND, VIRGINIA; AND THREE DEBUT POETRY COLLECTIONS” IN THE NEW BLACKBIRD FEATURES SIGNALETICS AND A CLOSE READING OF “LATENT PRINT”
November 2013—Anna Journey dives into “Latent Print” in an essay about Signaletics and debut collections by Tarfia Faizullah and Dexter L. Booth. Many thanks to Anna and the editors for the inclusion. To view the essay, go to the website.
MY REVIEW OF MATTHEW OLZMANN’S MEZZANINES ON 32 POEMS
November 2013—“The Surface Is Really the Sky: a Review of Matthew Olzmann’s Mezzanines“ is the 32 Poems Prose Feature.
AN INTERVIEW WITH EMILIA PHILLIPS BY JOEY KINGSLEY APPEARS ON THE SOUTHEAST REVIEW
October 2013—The Southeast Review has run an interview by Joey Kingsley with me. Thanks to editor John Beardsley for helping make this happen. Check out the interview on their website.
“GHOST SONNET” APPEARS ON VERSE DAILY
October 2013—“Ghost Sonnet” has been reprinted from Signaletics on Verse Daily. Thanks to the editors for featuring it.
“TERRA NULLIUS” AND “PROXIMITY IS THE GREATEST MOTIVATOR OF FEAR” APPEAR IN THE NEW ISSUE OF MATTER
October 2013—Check out these two poems I wrote in a poem swap with Joshua Gottlieb-Miller. Many thanks to the editors for providing “Terra Nullius” and “Proximity Is the Greatest Motivator of Fear” a home.
“DIASPORA” AND “MOURNER WITH COWL, HANDS IN HIS SLEEVES” APPEAR IN CERISE PRESS
June 2013—The last two poems remaining from Signaletics have been published in the latest and last issue of Cerise Press. Come celebrate the run of a great journal and the work of the contributors at the Volume 5, Issue 13 page.
“A COLLABORATIVE INTERVIEW ON COLLABORATIONS, PART TWO” APPEARS ON 32 POEMS
June 2013—Four teams of collaborators—Maureen Alsop and Joshua Gottlieb-Miller, Kathy Barry and Jocelyn Casey-Whiteman, Marie Harris and Sebastian Matthews, Ryan Teitman and Marcus Wicker—joined the discussion on collaborations over at 32 Poems. To read the second installment, go to “A Collaborative Interview on Collaborations, Part 2.”
INTERVIEW WITH AMY BEEDER APPEARS ON 32 POEMS
June 2013—Amy Beeder elegantly answers my questions for the Weekly Prose Feature on 32 Poems. To see the interview, go to “Subject to Distortions: An Interview with Amy Beeder”.
INTERVIEW WITH MATTHEW OLZMANN APPEARS ON 32 POEMS
May 2013—Matthew Olzmann kindly answered my questions for the Weekly Prose Feature on 32 Poems. To see the interview, go to “Usually a Window, But Occasionally a Stage: An Interview with Matthew Olzmann”.
INTERVIEW WITH DANA LEVIN APPEARS ON 32 POEMS
May 2013—Dana Levin allowed me to interview her for 32 Poems. To see the interview, please go to “Invention Aids Understanding: An Interview with Dana Levin”.
“WHY WRITE?” APPEARS ON GREEN MOUNTAINS REVIEW ONLINE
May 2013—My contribution to Green Mountain Review‘s ongoing “Why Write?” series appears under Essays on their website.
INTERVIEW WITH DAVID WOJAHN APPEARS ON 32 POEMS
May 2013—David Wojahn, my former professor, allowed me to interview him for 32 Poems; check out the audio and transcript of “‘No Subject Should Be Taboo’: An Audio Interview with David Wojahn by Emilia Phillips, with Transcript”.
MY SUMMER READING LIST APPEARS ON ON THE SEAWALL
May 2013—Ron Slate kindly asked me to add a few of my summer reading titles for his “What Will You Read This Summer?” feature on On the Seawall.
BESTIARY OF GALL, A CHAPBOOK, IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR FREE DOWNLOAD THROUGH SUNDRESS PUBLICATIONS
May 2013—Please visit Sundress’s e-chapbooks page and click on the cover image of the fox to download the chapbook. Many thanks to Erin Elizabeth Smith, the other editors, and designer Greg Frank for their fantastic work.
“DRILL” APPEARS IN CELLPOEMS
May 2013—My tiny poem “Drill” appears in Cellpoems.
MY REVIEW OF ON THE SPECTRUM OF POSSIBLE DEATHS (COPPER CANYON, 2012) BY LUCIA PERILLO APPEARS IN THE NEW ISSUE OF BLACKBIRD
May 2013—To read my review of Lucia Perillo’s latest collection, please go to http://www.blackbird.vcu.edu/v12n1/nonfiction/phillips_e/spectrum_page.shtml.
“THE WRITTEN LINE PERCEIVED AS A DRAWING: AN INTERVIEW WITH CURTIS BAUER” IS THE WEEKLY PROSE FEATURE ON 32 POEMS
May 2013—Check out this interview with Curtis Bauer on the 32 Poems blog.
“A COLLABORATIVE INTERVIEW ON COLLABORATIONS, PART 1” IS THE WEEKLY PROSE FEATURE ON 32 POEMS
April 2013—Check out “A Collaborative Interview on Collaborations, Part 1” on the 32 Poems blog.
SIGNALETICS NOW ON UNIVERSITY OF AKRON PRESS CATALOG
April 2013—Check out the page for Signaletics in the University of Akron Press’s online catalog at http://www.uakron.edu/uapress/browse-books/book-details/index.dot?id=46682afa-b3b8-4a70-aa9b-368babc77dc4 and pre-order your copy on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Signaletics-Series-Poetry-Emilia-Phillips/dp/1937378551/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365621227&sr=8-1&keywords=emilia+phillips.
“AN OMNIBUS REVIEW OF TOMÁS Q. MORÍN, LISA RUSS SPAAR, AND ALLISON BENIS WHITE” ON 32 POEMS
April 2013—As prose editor of 32 Poems, I’ve reviewed three of my favorite new collections: A Larger Country by Tomás Q. Morín; Vanitas, Rough by Lisa Russ Spaar; and Small Porcelain Head by Allison Benis White. Check it out at http://www.32poems.com/blog/5550/weekly-prose-feature-an-omnibus-review-of-tomas-q-morin-lisa-russ-spaar-and-allison-benis-white-by-emilia-phillips.
“AN AERIAL VIEW,” A FLASH ESSAY, APPEARS ON NPM DAILY
April 2013—For National Poetry Month, Sarah Blake asked thirty contributors to participate in NPM Daily. My flash essay, “An Aerial View,” discusses the feminine and emotion in poems, how the name and identity of a poet may affect a poem, and more. Please visit http://npmdaily.tumblr.com/post/46997750344/emilia-phillips.
“STRATUM (METHOD)” APPEARS ON THE PARIS-AMERICAN
March 2013—Many thanks to C.L. O’Dell and Nathan Hicks for having me back on The Paris-American with my poem “Stratum (Method).” Check it out at http://www.theparisamerican.com/poetry80.html.
“IN PRAISE OF AUROCHS” IN THE NEW ISSUE OF BIRMINGHAM POETRY REVIEW
March 2013—Adam Vines, editor of Birmingham Poetry Review, deserves major kudos for such an expansive issue! I feel honored to have my poem “In Praise of Aurochs” among such illustrious company. Order the new issue or subscribe at http://birminghampoetryreview.org/.
“BASS MACABRE” ON GREEN MOUNTAINS REVIEW ONLINE
March 2013—Green Mountains Review has published one of my Saul Bass poems on their website. Check out “Bass Macabre” at http://greenmountainsreview.com/?p=1818
“STRATUM (LOGIC)” NOW LIVE ON STORYSOUTH
March 2013—The editors at storySouth published my poem “Stratum (Logic)” from the second manuscript. There’s plenty of great reading here—fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and reviews. Check out my poem at http://www.storysouth.com/2013/03/stratum-logic.html and venture in!
“GREEDY-EYE, DON’T LOOK FOR ME: THE IMPERATIVE, THE POET, AND THE READER IN NOW MAKE AN ALTAR BY AMY BEEDER” PUBLISHED ON CERISE PRESS
March 2013—Cerise Press has published my review of Amy Beeder’s Now Make an Altar at http://www.cerisepress.com/04/12/now-make-an-altar-by-amy-beeder/3.
“SUS SCROFA DICTUM,” A POEM FROM THE CHAPBOOK BESTIARY OF GALL, APPEARS IN THE NEW ISSUE OF DIAGRAM
February 2013—Thanks to the editors of Diagram for including my poem “Sus Scrofa Dictum” in their latest issue; check it out and the other fine work at http://thediagram.com/13_1/phillips.html.
“SNAKE WOMAN,” 2ND PLACE IN NARRATIVE‘S 30 BELOW CONTEST, IS NOW AVAILABLE TO SUBSCRIBERS
February 2013—If you’re a Narrative subscriber, check out my poem “Snake Woman” at http://www.narrativemagazine.com/issues/winter-2013/snake-woman. Also, check out the winner of the contest, George David Clark’s “Python in the Grand Piano”!
“OMNIBUS REVIEW | WORK BY JUSTIN EVANS, ARLENE KIM, DOROTHEA LASKY, AND NATE SLAWSON” APPEARS IN DIODE
February 2013—I had great fun reviewing the fine collections Town for the Trees by Justin Evans, What have they done to our ears to make us hear echoes? by Arlene Kim, Thunderbird by Dorothea Lasky, and Panic Attack, U.S.A. by Nate Slawson for diode. Check it out and the fabulous poetry in the issue at http://diodepoetry.com/v6n1/content/phillips_e.html.
“THE BRIGHT OBVIOUS” AND “CARTOGRAPHY IN ABSENTIA” APPEAR IN IO: A JOURNAL OF NEW AMERICAN POETRY
February 2013—iO published two poems from the new manuscript, Heaven and Men and Devils, alongside a stunning lineup in their issue 8. Check out the poems at http://iopoetry.org/archives/1680.
INTERVIEW WITH TRACI BRIMHALL
February 2013—Check out my interview with the amazing Traci Brimhall for 32 Poems‘s Weekly Prose Feature at http://www.32poems.com/blog/5080/weekly-prose-feature-biomythography-an-interview-with-traci-brimhall-by-emilia-phillips!
ZOLAND POETRY FEATURES FIVE POEMS FROM SIGNALETICS
February 2013—Many thanks to Zoland Poetry for featuring an excerpt from Signaletics on their website. They graciously funded my fellowship to Vermont Studio Center last summer where I finished revisions to the manuscript. Check out the feature at www.zolandpoetry.com/featured/phillips/featured2.html
“VANITAS (LATENT PRINT)” APPEARS IN THE NEW ISSUE OF ASHEVILLE POETRY REVIEW
February 2013—The last poem written for Signaletics, “Vanitas (Latent Print),” appears in the new issue of Asheville Poetry Review! Thanks to Keith Flynn for his faith in the poem!
ESSAY “MY ABILITIES ARE RIDICULOUS: ON POETRY AND THE THE OCCASIONAL CRISIS OF FAITH” APPEARS ON 32 POEMS
February 2013—As the new prose editor of 32 Poems online content, I have contributed an essay to their blog. Check it out at http://www.32poems.com/blog/4865/weekly-prose-feature-my-abilities-are-ridiculous-on-poetry-and-the-occasional-crisis-of-faith-by-emilia-phillips
“STRATUM (ENTENTE)” APPEARS ON LINEBREAK
December 2012—I’m so very thrilled to say that the editors of Linebreak took one of the sonnets from the new manuscript, “Stratum (Entente),” and had the always amazing Patty Paine read the poem at http://linebreak.org/poems/stratum-entente/!
LONG POEMS APPEAR IN THE NEW ISSUES OF HAYDEN’S FERRY REVIEW AND THE KENYON REVIEW
December 2012—The new issues of Hayden’s Ferry Review and The Kenyon Review contain my long poems “The Study Heads” and “Sublimation,” respectively. You can order these issues and subscribe to these journals on their websites. Can’t wait to see them!
“FABLE: [THAT HORSE IS IN SUCH FINE FETTLE HIS SPINE LIES ]” IN THE NEW ISSUE OF DEVIL’S LAKE AND A REVIEW OF DONALD REVELL’S TANTIVY IN THE COLLAGIST
December 2012—Two new issues out in one day! Check out the new Devil’s Lake to see another one of my fable poems and the new issue of The Collagist for my review of Donald Revell’s Tantivy (Alice James, 2012). Many thanks to the editors for the inclusion! Visit http://english.wisc.edu/devilslake/issues/fall2012/Phillips.html for the poem and http://www.dzancbooks.org/the-collagist/2012/12/10/tantivy-by-donald-revell-alice-james-book.html for the review.
“TERATOMA” APPEARS IN THE NEW THIRD COAST MAGAZINE
December 2012—Thanks to Traci Brimhall for such a gorgeous issue. I’m honored to have “Teratoma” hang with such radiant work!
THREE POEMS APPEAR IN THE NEW ISSUE OF JET FUEL REVIEW
December 2012—The new issue of Jet Fuel Review contains three of my poems: “fable: [ As soon as it sees that their feathers are black, it recognizes them as its own and feeds them more copiously ],” “fable: [ when its belly feels the pangs of birth, its offspring bite through the mother’s body and break out ],” and “Husbandry.” To read these poems please go to http://jetfuelreview.com/?page_id=1919 and be sure to also click into the “Latest Issue” tab to read all the great work featured in the issue!
THE PARIS-AMERICAN NOMINATES “FABLE: [THE MALES ARE JEALOUS OF THE YOUNG, & WILL BITE OFF THEIR TESTICLES ]” FOR A PUSHCART PRIZE
December 2012—Enormous thanks for the editors of The Paris-American for their confidence in my little fable poems. To read the Pushcart-nominated poem with another one in the fable series, please visit http://www.theparisamerican.com/emilia-phillips-poetry.html.
“YOUTUBE: DOG EATING A HUMAN LEG ON THE GANGES” APPEARS IN THE NEW ISSUE OF COLORADO REVIEW
November 2012—Check out the new issue of Colorado Review (39.3, Fall/Winter 2012) that features fantastic new work by so many great poets and prose writers. My little poem “YouTube: Dog Eating a Human Leg on the Ganges” that appears in the forthcoming chapbook, Bestiary of Gall, appears on page 155! Many thanks to the editors and staff for the inclusion! For more information about the Colorado Review including information on ordering a subscription, please visit http://coloradoreview.colostate.edu/colorado-review/.
NARRATIVE MAGAZINE NAMES “SNAKE WOMAN” SECOND PLACE IN THE 2012 30 BELOW CONTEST
November 2012—Many thanks to Narrative for naming my poem “Snake Woman” as second place in the 2012 30 Below Contest. To read more about the winners and finalists, please visit http://narrativemagazine.com/node/197626.
HAYDEN’S FERRY REVIEW NOMINATES “THE STUDY HEADS” FOR A PUSHCART PRIZE
November 2012—Many thanks to the editorial staff of Hayden’s Ferry Review for nominating my long poem “The Study Heads” for a Pushcart Prize. The poem will appear in their issue #51, due out before the end of the year. For more information about the rest of their nominations, check out their blog at http://haydensferryreview.blogspot.com/2012/11/pushcart-prize-nominations-2012.html.
“KNOWLEDGE OF THE TERRAIN” PUBLISHED IN MEAD: THE MAGAZINE OF LITERATURE AND LIBATIONS
November 2012—Editor Laura McCullough was so kind to publish my poem “Knowledge of the Terrain” in the latest issue of Mead. Check it out at http://www.meadmagazine.org/Phillips.html.
To see the rest of Mead‘s current issue, please visit http://www.meadmagazine.org/Mead.html.
REVIEW OF KATHERINE LARSON’S RADIAL SYMMETRY NOW UP IN BLACKBIRD
November 2012—Check out my review of Katherine Larson’s Radial Symmetry in Blackbird at http://www.blackbird.vcu.edu/v11n2/nonfiction/phillips_e/symmetry_page.shtml.
To see the rest of the issue, including this year’s installment of the Levis Remembered Reading Loop; readings by Levin, Larson, and Zapruder; as well as all the poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and gallery pieces you could ask for in an issue, please visit: http://www.blackbird.vcu.edu/v11n2/index.shtml.
U.S. POETS IN MEXICO MERIDA FELLOWSHIP
October 2012—U.S. Poets in Mexico is pleased to announce the recipient of our 2013 Merida Fellowship Award: Judge Kimiko Hahn selected Emilia Phillips from Richmond, Virginia.
About Emilia’s poem, “Subject in the Position of the Soldier with No Arms”, Kimiko Hahn commented, “The poet of these poems weaves strands of current events with personal concerns. In doing so, the reader is drawn in to the ardor of the first person. The poems move, urging us to care.”
BESTIARY OF GALL SELECTED FOR PUBLICATION AS AN E-CHAPBOOK BY SUNDRESS PUBLICATIONS
September 2012–Sundress Publications has chosen to publish Bestiary of Gall as a part of their e-chapbook series. It will be published in Spring 2013. Check out Sundress’s website for more information about their chapbooks and other publications at http://www.sundresspublications.com/.
SIGNALETICS NAMED THE EDITOR’S CHOICE FOR THE 2012 AKRON POETRY PRIZE
September 2012—Mary Biddinger, editor of the Akron Poetry Series, selected my manuscript Signaletics as the editor’s choice for the 2012 Akron Poetry Prize. She wrote:
In this blazing, magnificent debut, Emilia Phillips presents her readers with a body of poetry as complex and exquisite as the human body itself. As the first poem in Signaleticsasserts, “Balancing is an act of forgetting,” and this collection’s greatest asset is its measured balance between intimate disclosure and objective discovery. These poems elucidate the power struggles created by language, science, medicine, and the profound longings of the human heart.
The collection will be published in fall 2013 by the University of Akron Press. Many thanks to Mary Biddinger and the University of Akron for their confidence in the manuscript.
BESTIARY OF GALL NAMED A FINALIST IN THE 2012 BLACK RIVER AND THE COLLAGIST CHAPBOOK COMPETITIONS
August 2012—I’m pleased to say that my chapbook titled Bestiary of Gall was selected as a finalist in both Black Lawrence Press and The Collagist’s 2012 chapbook competitions! Many thanks to the editors for their nods to Bestiary of Gall!
THE JOURNAL’S 2012 POETRY PRIZE
August 2012—G.C. Waldrep selected my poem “In vacuo, Universal Studios” for the 2012 Poetry Prize from The Journal. Waldrep wrote:
“In vacuo, Universal Studios” makes of the most prosaic experience—standing in line at the eponymous attraction—an ecclesiological event: if not an act of worship outright, then a prelude to worship, to a worship that may in fact never occur (“We begin in line. We end there.”). Breaking gently through the texture of experience is an incipient elegy for the speaker’s father, in whose “temple, / in the heat, a vein is swollen,” a being who “sweats / through his clothes.” Love resides “at terminus,” but in this poem “terminus” is a place the human, shuffling forward along Zeno’s benighted paradox, may never reach.
For more information about the contest and the other winners, check out http://thejournalmag.org/archives/2045.