Philip Metres

Ohio, United States

Member Since: 08/25/2012

Born in San Diego on July 4th, 1970, Philip Metres grew up in the suburbs of Chicago.  He graduated from Holy Cross College in 1992, and spent the following year in Russia on a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, pursuing an independent project called “Contemporary Russian Poetry and Its Relationship to Historical Change.” Since receiving a Ph.D. in English and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Indiana University in 2001, Metres has written a number of books and chapbooks, including Sand Opera (Alice James, 2015). I Burned at the Feast: Selected Poems of Arseny Tarkovsky (Cleveland State 2015, The Compleat Catalogue of Comedic Novelties by Lev Rubinstein (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2014), A Concordance of Leaves (chapbook, Diode Editions, 2013), abu ghraib arias (chapbook, Flying Guillotine, 2011), Ode to Oil (chapbook, Kattywompus Press, 2011), To See the Earth (Cleveland State 2008), Behind the Lines: War Resistance Poetry on the American Homefront since 1941 (University of Iowa Press, 2007),  Instants (a chapbook, Ugly Duckling Presse, 2006), Primer for Non-Native Speakers (a chapbook, Kent State 2004), Catalogue of Comedic Novelties: Selected Poems of Lev Rubinstein (Ugly Duckling 2004), and A Kindred Orphanhood: Selected Poems of Sergey Gandlevsky (Zephyr 2003). His writing–which has appeared widely, including in Best American Poetry–has garnered two NEA fellowships, the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, five Ohio Arts Council Grants, the Beatrice Hawley Award, the Anne Halley Prize, the Arab American Book Award, the Cleveland Arts Prize, the Creative Workforce Fellowship, and the George W. Hunt, S.J. Prize for Excellence in Journalism, Arts & Letters. His work has been called “beautiful, powerful, magnetically original” (Cleveland Arts Prize citation). Lawrence Joseph has written that “Philip Metres’s poetry speaks to us all, in ways critical, vital, profound, and brilliant.” His poems have been translated into Arabic, Polish, Russian, and Tamil.






Twitter Username: @PhilipMetres


  • Sand Opera , Alice James Books (January 7, 2015)
  • To See the Earth , Cleveland State Poetry Center (February 1, 2008)
  • abu ghraib arias , Flying Guillotine Press (February 1, 2011)
  • A Concordance of Leaves , Diode Editions (March 1, 2013)
  • Compleat Catalogue of Comedic Novelties: Poems of Lev Rubinstein , Ugly Duckling Presse (December 1, 2014)
  • I Burned at the Feast: Selected Poems of Arseny Tarkovsky , Cleveland State Poetry Center (May 1, 2015)
  • Pictures at an Exhibition , University of Akron Press (February 1, 2015)


  • Beatrice Hawley Award(2013)
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship(2013)
  • Arab American Book Award(2011)
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship(2001)
  • Creative Workforce Fellowship(2014)
  • George W. Hunt, S.J. Prize for Excellence in Journalism, Arts & Letters(2015)


  • Professor, Dept of English at John Carroll University (September 2001 - )


  • Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from Indiana University (August 2001)
  • Doctoral Degree in English from Indiana University (August 2001)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Poetry