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Poetry Reading by Carl Phillips

Poet Carl Phillips will read from his work at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

October 18, 2002 GENEVA, N.Y.—Celebrated poet Carl Phillips will visit Hobart and William Smith Colleges to read his poetry at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, in the Geneva Room in the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Colleges campus. A question-and-answer session will precede the reading at 4:45 p.m. in Gulick Hall, room 100. The reading is free and open to the public and will be followed by a dessert reception.

The author of six books of poems, including “From the Devotions,” “Pastoral,” and “Tether,” Phillips has received numerous awards and fellowships, including grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His books have also been finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Lambda
Literary Award, and the National Book Award.

The judge's citation for the latter said “Carl Phillips' passionate and lyrical poems read like prayers, with a prayer's hesitations, its desire to be utterly accurate, its occasional flowing outbursts. Their affinity with John Donne is apparent, as they range from the mystical to the erotic.”

Phillips has taught at Harvard and the Iowa Writers Workshop and now teaches English and African/Afro-American studies at Washington University in St. Louis.

Copies of Phillips' books are available in the College Store. His visit is co-sponsored by Writers Reading and the Faculty Speakers Fund.