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March 25, 2008: Carl Phillips

Carl Phillips

The author of nine books of poetry and recipient of many top literary awards, Phillips was twice nominated for the National Book Award, first for "From the Devotions" in 1998 and again in 2004 for "The Rest of Love: Poems." A faculty member in the university's Writing Program, he was inducted into the Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2004. In 2006, he won the Academy of American Poets Fellowship. His recent collections are titled "Riding Westward" (2006) and "Quiver of Arrows: Selected Poems 1986 - 2006" (2007). In addition to poetry, Phillips also has published essays and has translated Sophocles.

A common thread running throughout his work is the struggle to understand emotions that make us flawed, but wholly human, such as loss, love, desire and regret.

Public Affairs article: Carl Phillips and the 'Art of Restlessness'