Patrick Phillips

Patrick Phillips is an American poet, professor, and translator. His 2015 poetry collection, Elegy for a Broken Machine (Alfred A. Knopf), was a finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry. His poems have appeared in many magazines, including Poetry, Ploughshares,[1] The American Poetry Review,[2] Harvard Review,[3] DoubleTake, New England Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review,[4] and have been featured on Garrison Keillor's show The Writer's Almanac on National Public Radio.[5] He has been a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Copenhagen, and teaches writing and literature at Drew University.[6][1] Patrick Phillips grew up in Gainesville, Georgia, and now lives in New York City.

Patrick Phillips
BornUnited States
OccupationPoet, professor

In January 2017, Phillips was announced as a faculty member of the 2017 Conference on Poetry at The Frost Place.

Honors and awards

Published works

  • Chattahoochee. University of Arkansas Press. 2004. ISBN 978-1-55728-775-5.
  • Boy. University of Georgia Press. 2008. ISBN 978-0-8203-3119-5.
  • Elegy for a Broken Machine. Alfred A. Knopf. 2015. ISBN 978-0385353755.
  • Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America. W. W. Norton & Company. 2016. ISBN 978-0-393-29301-2.


For me this is a real discovery. In many of the poems—'Nathaniel' or 'Matinee' or 'Star Quilt'—the language is quiet and accurate, the details precise, and the emotions—though never insisted upon—are there, unquestionable and complex. Phillips never dawdles or repeats himself; he gets down what matters and trusts the reader to listen carefully. I don 't mean the poems are casually written: the art here is in hiding the art, and he is that rare poet with the tact and chops to accomplish that. He always sounds like someone speaking in a trustworthy American voice, speaking to adults, even though his concern is largely childhood. What a find!

Philip Levine, Ploughshares, Spring 2009[11]

Haunted by memories, could-have- beens and what-ifs... Phillips enacts the anxiety and grief of the knowledge that there is no escape from death, no matter how much we may love and protect someone.

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review, 2/25/2008[12]

Chattahoochee is a tremendous first work. Anyone who goes to literature to connect more profoundly to their own lives and the world around them, to connect with what is important in light of the passage of time we all live with and against, will not find themselves disappointed with this book.

Sarah Estes Graham, Meridian [13]


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  4. "Patrick Phillips - VQR Online".
  5. Media, American Public. "The Writer's Almanac: Patrick Phillips".
  6. "English Department - Drew University".
  7. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 11, 2009. Retrieved July 17, 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. "Past ASF Translation Prize Winners - ASF".
  9. "Winners & Finalists - Tufts Poetry Awards".
  10. "The Nation".
  11. "Recommended by Philip Levine". Ploughshares. Spring 2009.
  12. "Boy by Patrick Phillips". Publishers Weekly. February 25, 2008. Archived from the original on December 23, 2009.
  13. "Book Reviews:Chattahoochee," Meridian: The Semi-Annual from the University of Virginia, Fall 2004
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