Carl Phillips appeared as the 2016 Wallace Stevens Poet on Tuesday, March 22 at 7 pm.
A 6 p.m. reception was followed at 7 p.m. with a poetry reading by Mr. Phillips. He was preceded by student winners of the Wallace Stevens Poetry Award. Both reading and reception were held in the Konover Auditorium (and the adjacent lounge) at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, on the UConn Storrs Campus (405 Babbidge Road, Storrs, CT 06269).
Referred to as “one of America’s most original, influential, and productive of lyric poets,” Carl Phillips is the author of a dozen books of poetry (including his debut collection, In the Blood, which won the Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize in 1992) and two books of criticism. Phillips’s more recent books of poetry include Silverchest (2013, nominated for the Griffin Prize), Double Shadow (2011, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry and finalist for the National Book Award), and Speak Low (2009, finalist for the National Book Award). His most recent collection, Reconnaissance, was published in September, 2015. Phillips is Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also teaches creative writing. He was elected a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2006, and since 2011 he has served as the judge for the Yale Series of Younger Poets.
Tuesday, March 22, at 7 pm in the Konover Auditorium.
Phillips will also be appearing off-campus at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, March 23.