Carl Phillips was born in 1959. He is the author of seven books of poems, most recently Riding Westward (2006), The Rest of Love (2004), Rock Harbor (2002), and The Tether (2001) which was awarded the 2002 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize. Mr. Phillips’ other volumes of poems include In the Blood (1992); Cortège (1995), finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and From the Devotions (1998), finalist for the National Book Award; and Pastoral.
Mr. Phillips has received numerous honors, including the Morse Poetry Prize, the Lambda Literary Award, the Pushcart Prize, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an Academy of American Poets Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Library of Congress. In 2006, he was recipient of The Academy of American Poets 2006 Academy Fellowship.
Mr. Phillips is professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis.