Phillips reads at National Book Awards


Beowulf Sheehan

Above: Carl Phillips, professor of English in Arts & Sciences and a 2011 finalist for the National Book Award in poetry, reads from his 2011 book Double Shadow during a sold-out National Book Awards’ Finalist Reading Nov. 15 at The New School’s Tishman Auditorium in New York City. Double Shadow — published this past March by Farrar, Straus and Giroux — is Phillips’ 11th collection of poetry and earned Phillips a fourth nomination for the National Book Award in poetry. During the reading, the 20 National Book Award finalists in the categories of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and young people’s literature shared excerpts from their works. Below: Watch as Phillips discusses and reads from Double Shadow at WUSTL. To learn more about the National Book Award and to see a list of winners, visit