Emilia Phillips

New Jersey, United States

Member Since: 03/02/2012

Emilia Phillips is the author of two poetry collections from the University of Akron Press, Signaletics (2013) and Groundspeed (2016), and three chapbooks, most recently Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike (Bull City Press, 2015). Her poems and lyric essays appear in Agni, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, The Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ninth Letter, Ploughshares, Poem-a-Day, Poetry, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. She received StoryQuarterly’s 2015 Nonfiction Prize, The Journal’s 2012 Poetry Prize, as well as the 2013–2014 Emerging Writer Lectureship from Gettysburg College and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, The Kenyon Review Writers’ Workshop, U.S. Poets in Mexico, and Vermont Studio Center. With her third poetry collection Empty Clip now completed, Phillips is at work on new poems, a collection of lyric essays titled Wound Revisions, and Offset: A Poetry Broadside Digitization Project. Additionally, every month throughout 2016 and 2017, her craft essays will appear on the Ploughshares Blog. She is the Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Centenary University and, in Fall 2017, she will join the MFA Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as an Assistant Professor of Poetry.

Website: http://emiliaphillips.com

Twitter Username: @gracefulemilia


  • Signaletics , University of Akron Press (August 10, 2013)
  • Bestiary of Gall (chapbook) , Sundress Publications (April 30, 2013)
  • Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike , Bull City Press (May 4, 2015)
  • Groundspeed , University of Akron Press (March 15, 2016)


  • StoryQuarterly's Nonfiction Prize, selected by Leslie Jamison(2015)
  • The Journal's Poetry Prize, selected by G.C. Waldrep(2012)
  • Second Place, Narrative's 30 Below Contest(2012)
  • Bread Loaf Fellowship(2013)


  • Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College (August 2013 - )
  • Adjunct Instructor, Creative Writing at Virginia Commonwealth University (August 2012 - May 2015)
  • Adjunct Instructor, Creative Writing at The College of William & Mary (January 2015 - May 2015)
  • Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Centenary College (September 2015 - )
  • Prose Editor at 32 Poems (January 2013 - )
  • Poetry Faculty at Tinker Mountain Writers Workshop (2014 - )
  • Staff at Sewanee Writers' Conference (2013 - 2014)
  • Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Centenary College of New Jersey (August 2015 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in English: Writing from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Certificate in Grant Writing & Management from University of Richmond School of Professional & Continuing Studies (May 2015)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Poetry