Wesleyan, I will not lie. I am so excited about this event that I considered letting it get “lost in the internet ether” and go unposted so that I could be the only person in attendance. Alas, I am not so evil. Embrace the night and get thee to this event. From Rachel Warner ’14:
Rowan Ricardo Phillips is a poet, translator, and literary and art critic. He is the author of the forthcoming book of poems Heaven (FSG); of The Ground (FSG), his first book of poems; and When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness (Dalkey), a collection of literary criticism on poetry. He is translator of Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth, Salvador Espriu’s Catalan novel. A frequent contributor
to ArtForum, The New Republic and The New Yorker, Phillips is also a devoted writer of poetico-philosophical takes on soccer, which he contributes to Howler, The New Republic and The Paris Review, and a deep listener to cante hondo and The Wu.
Phillips is the recipient of the 2013 PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award and a 2013 Whiting Writers’ Award. The PEN Award Judges described his verse by saying that “Rowan Ricardo Phillips can be sweetly Whitmanesque in his poems, or gravely meditative, or lushly lyrical. In other words, he is a poet capable of voices—plural… And while there is often a hidden tragedy at the center of his poems, there is
also great pleasure taken in the idea of survival during a time of chaos.” Please join us in listening to Phillips’ remixes of Arnaut Daniel, Bob Marley, John Coltrane, among others.
A reception and book-signing will follow the reading.
You are also welcome to join us earlier in the day for an open Q & A
with the author and Professor Rachel Ellis Neyra from 4:15-5:00pm at