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Monday, October 23–Friday, November 17, 2017: This Last, Selfish Stitch: On Empathy, Appropriation, and Writing Poems About the Body, a generative online poetry workshop through 24 Pearl Street by the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Registration: $500. Course description:

Why should we write about our bodies, rendering them frankly in our poems? How should we approach writing about the bodies of others without appropriation? What is the relationship of poetry to the body, and how does this dynamic influence our writing process? In this generative workshop and conversation, we will answer these questions by participating in writing exercises meant to establish a link between point of view and the body and by reading poems that take on the corporeal experience as subject matter, investigating the ways in which the body is both distanced and made closer, more real, even more intimate through its poetic rendering. We will discuss issues of appropriation and the ways in which writing can, if approached incorrectly, shame, abuse, and erase bodies. We will interrogate our own approaches to writing about bodies, and discuss the ways in which writing about the body can become political, an act of social justice meant to celebrate those bodies and protect their humanity.

PAST EVENTS IN 2017 and 2016

Sunday, June 25–Saturday, July 1, 2017: Faculty, Camp ArtWorks at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, PA.

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Saturday, May 26–Sunday, May 27, 2017: This Last, Selfish Stitch: On Empathy, Appropriation, and Writing Poems About the Body, SAFTA Poetry Retreat, Sundress Academy for the Arts, Knoxville, TN.

This Last, Selfish Stitch: On Empathy, Appropriation, and Writing Poems About the Body
Why should we write about our bodies, rendering them frankly in our poems? How should we approach writing about the bodies of others without appropriation? What is the relationship of poetry to the body, and how does this dynamic influence our writing process? In this generative workshop and conversation, we will answer these questions by participating in writing exercises meant to establish a link between point of view and the body and by reading poems that take on the corporeal experience as subject matter, investigating the ways in which the body is both distanced and made closer, more real, even more intimate through its poetic rendering. We will discuss issues of appropriation and the ways in which writing can, if approached incorrectly, shame, abuse, and erase bodies. We will interrogate our own approaches to writing about bodies, and discuss the ways in which writing about the body can become political, an act of social justice meant to celebrate those bodies and protect their humanity.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017: Holler Salon: A Reading by Chen Chen and Emilia Phillips for Sundress Academy for the Arts, Sundress Academy for the Arts, 195 Tobby Hollow Lane, Knoxville, TN.

Sunday, April 9, 2017: Every Phantom // A Story: Erasure and Revision, Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, Sleepy Hollow, NY. Price: $124/person. Course description:

Every Phantom // A Story: Erasure and Revision
What isn’t said in a poem is just as meaningful-just as much a craft choice-as what is said. As poets, we so often go to the page with the intention of telling our readers something; this approach, however, often positions us between the reader and the text, like a person narrating a movie in front of the projector. In this course, we will investigate the ways in which poems “write themselves” and how images, without the aid of expositional transitions, create their own narratives, after Cesare Pavese’s idea of the “image narrative.” We will discover the impact and implied meanings of white space in poems, and we will investigate the strategies of other poets in revising through redaction and compression. We will look at erasure texts-texts that have been redacted into new texts-by poets like Mary Ruefle and Robin Coste Lewis, and consider the legacies of poets, like Sappho whose work survives only in fragments. In this generative one-day class, participants will draft poems and work on erasures in order to better map and influence their revision strategies.

Saturday, April 8, 2017: Westchester Poetry Festival with Mark Doty, Joshua Bennett, Tim McGillicuddy, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Emilia Phillips, Max Ritvo (read by Ariella Ritvo-Slifka) and Terese Svoboda, Estherwood Mansion, The Masters School, 49 Clinton Ave., Dobbs Ferry, NY.

Thursday, March 30, 2017: Visiting Writer Series at Warren County Community College: Emilia Phillips, Washington, NJ.

  • Master Class, 4:00 PM
  • Reading, 7:00 PM

Friday, March 31, 2017, 5:30–7:30 PM: Text and Context: A Poetry Workshop with Emilia Phillips from the The Philadelphia Poetry Collaboration, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Wednesday, March 29, 2017: Faculty Conversation: Academic Freedom with Terri Klemm, Roger Anderson, and Emilia Phillips, President’s Circle Room, Lackland Center, Centenary University, Hackettstown, NJ.

Thursday, March 23, 4:00—5:30 PM: Poetry: Finding Our Space with Temple Cone (Guzzle), Emilia Phillips (Groundspeed), and Ravi Shankar (What Else Could it Be: Ekphrastics and Collaborations),  Virginia Festival of the Book, New Dominion Bookshop, 404 E. Main St., Charlottesville, VA.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017: Poetry Workshop Leader, Teen Arts Program, Warren County Cultural & Heritage Commission, Warren County, NJ. Location, time, and details TBD.

  • 9:30–11:00 AM: Beyond Rhyme: Poetry’s Music
    How do we make our poems “flow”? How many word fireworks can we set off in a single line of poetry? In this workshop, we will explore the sounds and rhythms of free-verse poetry by listening to poems, trying out new techniques, and writing our own new poems.
  • 11:30 AM–1:00 PM: Speech Bubbles: Poetry 10 Ways
    Ever heard the phrase, “The medium is the message”? In this poetry workshop, we’ll try our hand at writing poems using different mediums-posterboard, postcards, typewriters, and on our toes-to see if we can appeal to different parts of our brains and become more creative.

Monday, March 6–Friday, April 28, 2017: Every Phantom // A Story: Revision & Erasure, a generative online poetry workshop through 24 Pearl Street by the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Registration: $500. Course description:

Every Phantom // A Story: Erasure and Revision
What isn’t said in a poem is just as meaningful-just as much a craft choice-as what is said. As poets, we so often go to the page with the intention of telling our readers something; this approach, however, often positions us between the reader and the text, like a person narrating a movie in front of the projector. In this course, we will investigate the ways in which poems “write themselves” and how images, without the aid of expositional transitions, create their own narratives, after Cesare Pavese’s idea of the “image narrative.” We will discover the impact and implied meanings of white space in poems, and we will investigate the strategies of other poets in revising through redaction and compression. We will look at erasure texts-texts that have been redacted into new texts-by poets like Mary Ruefle and Robin Coste Lewis, and consider the legacies of poets, like Sappho whose work survives only in fragments. Throughout the course of the eight weeks, participants will be asked to draft at least six new poems, unwieldy and wild and uninhibited, that in subsequent weeks they will slowly revise, re-form, and compress; through these long-term revision strategies, participants will be able to introduce subtext and depth to their poems, while honing their craft and style.

Thursday, March 9, 2017: Judge, New Jersey State Finals of Poetry Out Loud, Mayo Concert Hall, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 12:30 PM: Visit to Bards & Scribes Creative Writing Club, Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ.

Wednesday, February 8–Saturday, February 11, 2017: AWP 2017, Washington, DC:

  • Thursday, February 9, 7:00–9:00 PM: An Offsite Reading Sponsored by Forklift, Ohio, H_NGM_N, Slope Editions, Big Bell, and Poetry City, USA, Dew Drop Inn, 2801 8th Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20017.
  • Friday, February 10, 3:00–4:15 PM: Bull City Press 10th Anniversary Reading: Anders Carlson-Wee, Tiana Clark, Emilia Phillips, and moderator Ross White. Room 203AB, Washington Convention Center, Level Two.
  • Saturday, February 11, 9:00–10:15 AM: The Art and Importance of the Poetry Interview: Kaveh Akbar, Lindsay Garbutt, Emilia Phillips, Camille Rankine, and moderator Melissa Studdard. Room 207A, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
  • Saturday, February 11, 11:00 AM–12:00 PM: Book Signing, University of Akron Press, AWP Bookfair, Table 620-T.
  • Saturday, February 11, 2:00–3:00 PM: Chapbook Signing, Bull City Press, AWP Bookfair, Table 672.

Friday, January 20, 2017, 6:00 PM: A Reading by Emilia Phillips at Kent Place Coffeehouse, Kent Place School, Summitt, NJ.

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 7:30–9:30 PM: A Reading by Emilia Phillips at The Writers Center, Elgin Community College, 142, Building H, Arts Center, Elgin, Illinois. “The Writers Center promotes and coordinates a variety of activities for area writers in all stages of development who wish to share their work in an atmosphere of constructive, respectful criticism. Current activities include the reading series which features guest authors reading from their work; the special topics series comprised of half-day workshops focused on specific writing topics; the coffeehouse providing monthly opportunities for writers to share original work; and occasional workshops with guest authors/teachers. Contact the Writers Center at 847-214-7578.”

Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 7:00 PM: “It’s Alive: Why Poetry Still Matters in the 21st Century,” Rutherford Hall Lecture Series, 1686 County Road 517, Allamuchy, NJ.

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Monday, November 7, 2016, 5:00 PM: Lightning Talk: “Offset: On Digitizing Letterpress Poetry Broadsides for Digital SpacesDLF Forum 2016, Milwaukee, WI.

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Offset: On Digitizing Letterpress Poetry Broadsides for Digital Spaces
Through its online gallery of contemporary poetry broadsides, Offset: A Broadside Digitization Project investigates the relationship between the poetic page and digital spaces, considering poetry’s viability across publishing platforms and its legacy through digitization. Project founder Emilia Phillips will present a narrative of the project and its supportive research.
Presenter: Emilia Phillips

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 7:00 PM: The Williams Poetry Readings: Emilia Phillips, Williams Center for the Arts, 1 Williams Plaza, Rutherford, NJ.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 10–10:30 AM: Inside Centenary, WRNJ Radio.

Friday, October 28, 2016, 10 AM: A Reading and Q&A by Apryl Lee and Emilia Phillips at Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 7 PM: A Reading by Emilia Phillips at Washington & Jefferson College, Washington, PA.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 7 PM: A Reading by New Jersey Dodge Poetry Festival Poets Jonterri Gadson, Emilia Phillips, and Vincent Toro, Barnes & Noble, 765 Route 17 South, Paramus, NJ.

Thursday, October 20–Sunday, October 23, 2016: Dodge Poetry Festival, NJPAC, Newark, NJ.

  • Saturday, October 22, 3:30-4:40 pm: Festival Poet Reading by Mahogany L. Browne, Jonterri Gadson, Laurie Ann Guerrero, Rickey Laurentiis, and Emilia Phillips, Trinity–St. Philips, 608 Broad St, Newark, NJ.
  • Sunday, October 23, 9:30–10:40 am: Festival Poet Reading by Nicole Terez Dutton, Jonterri Gadson, Stephanie Lenox, Emilia Phillips and R.A. Villanueva, Newark Museum, 49 Washington St, Newark, NJ.

Saturday, October 8, 2016, 12:45 pm PDT: Off the Richter Scale’s Anon Was a Female Poet: A Reading by Teow Lim Goh, Emilia Phillips, Margaret Ross, Solmaz Sharif, and Tess Taylor, Litquake, Mechanics’ Institute Library & Chess Room, 57 Post St, San Francisco, CA. The event is free. To RSVP to the event, visit the event page on Facebook.

Saturday, September 24, 2016: “Walk the Line: The Tension Between Line and Syntax,” a poetry workshop by Emilia Phillips, The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, 300 Riverside Drive, Sleepy Hollow, NY.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 10–11 AM: Inside Centenary, WRNJ Radio.

Sunday, July 31, 2016: A Reading by Jenny Johnson, Rachel Mennies, Emilia Phillips, and Lauren Russell, East End Book Exchange, 4754 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA. Facebook event page.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 4:30 PM: Rose O’Neill Literary House Summer Poetry Salon Reading: Emilia Phillips and Lesley Wheeler, Rose O’Neill Literary House at Washington College, Chestertown, MD.

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Wednesday, June 22 and Thursday, June 23, 2016: Visiting Faculty at Drew University Low-Residency MFA in Poetry Program, 36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ.

  • Wednesday, June 22, 7:00 PM: Faculty Reading: Aracelis Girmay and Emilia Phillips, Founders Room. Readings are free and open to the public. RSVP available at the link.
  • Thursday, June 23, 2:00–3:00 PM: Lecture: “it will not / be the I: Thirteen Vivisections into Writing About the Body and the Corporeality of the Lyric” by Emilia Phillips, Arts 106.

Thursday, June 16, 2016, 7:00 PM: A Reading by Hossannah Asuncion, Aracelis Girmay, Emilia Phillips, and R.A. Villanueva, Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop, 141 Front Street in D.U.M.B.O, Brooklyn, NY.

Sunday, May 15, 2016: Women Reading Women Series with Cecelia Llompart and Emilia Phillips, The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, 300 Riverside Drive, Sleepy Hollow, NY.

Friday, May 13, 2016, 7:45 PM: Station Note Reading Series: Duncan Campbell and Emilia Phillips, 3S Artspace, 319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth, NH. RSVP with the Facebook event page.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 6:30 PM: Poetry Reading & Talk, Hackettstown Public Library, 110 Church Street, Hackettstown, NJ.

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 7:00 PM: Couplet Reading Series featuring Claudia Cortese, Sharon Dolin, Karen Hildebrand, Clark Moore, Emilia Phillips, and Melissa Studdard, The Delancey, 168 Delancey Street, Lower E Side, New York, NY. RSVP with the Facebook Event Page. Details from Couplet:

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Saturday, April 23, 2016, 8 PM: Monsters of Poetry Reading Series featuring Erika Meitner, Emily Wilson, Mark Levine, Josh Bell, and Emilia Phillips, Madison, WI. RSVP with the Facebook Event Page. Details from Monsters of Poetry:

Monsters of Poetry Reading Series presents Erika Meitner, Emily Wilson, Mark Levine, Josh Bell, and Emilia Phillips. Saturday, April 23rd. Doors = 7:30pm, Poems = 8pm. A 3 dollar donation to the cause gets you a ticket for our literary raffle, giving away signed copies of books and other lovely literary merchandise.

Monday, April 18, 2016, 7:30 PM: Café Muse: A Poetry Reading Salon from The Word Works featuring Emilia Phillips and Elisavietta Ritchie, Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD. RSVP with the Facebook Event Page. Details from Café Muse:

The Word Works, in collaboration with Friendship Heights Village, will feature readings by the poets Emilia Phillips and Elisavietta Ritchie. Café Muse opens at 7 pm with refreshments and classical guitar by Michael Davis; readings begin at 7:30.Friendship Heights Village Center is a 7 minute walk from Friendship Heights Western Avenue Redline subway stop. All Café Muse programs are free to the public and handicap accessible. Come out and hear some good poetry, and read some of your own!

Saturday, April 16, 2016, 7:30 PM: Dollhouse Reading Series featuring Jonathan Moody, Emilia Phillips, and Maggie Smith, Chicago, IL. RSVP with the Facebook Event Page. Details from Dollhouse:

DOORS 7PM // READING 7:30PM
BYOB // FREE
We work with the Chicago Feminist Writers & Artists to support the safety of our space. The Dollhouse is a level two space where oppressive behavior is not welcome. We define oppressive behavior as that which antagonizes people that are in a lesser position of power, whether it be violence predicated upon gender, sexual orientation, race, physical ability, class, social status, or other characteristics. If someone has vocalized that you have caused harm to them you will be preemptively asked not to attend by the organizers of the event, or asked to leave at the space.

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Wednesday, March 30–Saturday, April 2, 2016: AWP Conference, Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA. I will be a part of several events at the 2016 AWP Conference, including:

  • Thursday, March 31, 1:30–2:45 PM.

    Room 405, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

    R212. Women Who Edit: Literary Journals. (,  ,  ,  ,  ) With a focus on the particular challenges to and accomplishments by women literary magazine editors, the panelists discuss their roles as editors-in-chief, founders, and genre editors at their respective magazines. Additionally, they consider the idea that gender parity in editorial positions promotes parity among contributors, and explore potential opportunities to cultivate a new generation of women editors through mentorship and example.

    *Note: I am the organizer for this panel; as such, I will not be speaking on the panel.

  • Thursday, March 31, 6:30 PM, Offsite Reading: Bull City Press, Four Way Books, and Persea Books, Little Easy, 216 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Friday, April 1, 1:00–2:00 PM,  A Book Signing for Groundspeed, Bookfair Table #313.
  • Friday, April 1, 7:00–9:00 PM, Offsite Reading: University of Akron Press, Cleveland State University Press, and Rescue Press, Seahorse Studios/Handbag Factory, 1334 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA.CSU Akron and Rescue AWP LA 2016 poster
  • Saturday, April 2, 12:00 PM–1:00 PM, Writer to Writer Bookfair Ambassador, AWP Booth.

Saturday, April 2, 1:30–2:45 PM

Room 403 B, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

S209. Remembering Claudia Emerson. (,  , ) Claudia Emerson’s death in late 2014 grieved her friends and her readers. This event features panelists remembering her spirit and her work and inviting audience members to participate by also reading her poems so that her single voice resonates through a chorus of witnesses. The panelists focus on her posthumous books, The Opposite House and The Impossible Bottle.

For additional information about the conference, visit the AWP Conference website.

Saturday, March 26, 7:00 PM: A Reading by Katelyn Kiley and Emilia Phillips, Chop Suey Books, 2913 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA.

Wednesday, March 16, 6:00–8:00 PM: A Book Release Party for Groundspeed and A Reading by Emilia Phillips, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, Taylor Memorial Library, Centenary College, Hackettstown, NJ.

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