Carl Phillips

Professor of English

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Phillips is the highly acclaimed author of 10 collections of poetry. His first book, “In the Blood,” won the 1992 Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize and was heralded as the work of an outstanding newcomer in the field of contemporary poetry.


Poet Carl Phillips to read Sept. 5

“I have a candidate for the author of the most interesting contemporary English sentences,” wrote Dan Chiasson in The New Yorker last spring. The candidate? “The American poet Carl Phillips.” On Thursday, Sept. 5, Phillips, professor of English and African-American Studies in Arts & Sciences, will launch the Writing Program’s fall Reading Series.

Poet Carl Phillips to help relaunch Modern Literature Reading Series

Acclaimed poet Carl Phillips will help relaunch WUSTL’s Modern Literature Reading Series when he does a reading of the late poet Robert Creeley’s work at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12. The event, which is sponsored by University Libraries’ Department of Special Collections, will also feature two master of fine arts students reading the work of two 20th-century poets.

WUSTL English professor Carl Phillips wins LA Times Book Prize

Carl Phillips, professor of English in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, has won the 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in poetry for Double Shadow, his most recent book of poetry. Phillips was one of 12 winners recognized during a ceremony April 20 at the University of Southern California.

Phillips reads at National Book Awards

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 the National Book Awards’ Finalist Reading Nov. 15. Double Shadow — published this past March — is Phillips’ 11th collection of poetry and earned Phillips a fourth nomination for the National Book Award in poetry.

For the fourth time, Carl Phillips nominated for a National Book Award in poetry

As the number 11 has become the rallying number for the St. Louis Cardinals and their fans this season, could 11 also factor in poet Carl Phillips winning the most coveted literary prize in 2011? Phillips, professor of English in Arts & Sciences, has been selected — for the fourth time — as a finalist for the National Book Award in poetry. While the Cardinals are pursuing their 11th World Series title, Phillips is nominated for his 11th collection of poetry, Double Shadow.


Cover of Wild is the Wind

Wild is the Wind


Wild is the Wind is a collection of poems examining the many facets of love.
Book cover for Reconnaissance by Carl Phillips, features an orange horse


“No contemporary poetry quite seduces like the work of the inimitable Carl Phillips,” writes Lisa Russ Spaar in the Los Angeles Review of Books about Reconnaissance, a collection of poems by Carl Phillips, professor of English in Arts & Sciences.