Hailed as one of America’s smartest young poet-critics, award-winning author Rowan Ricardo Phillips was Aspen Words’ December 2013 Writer in Residence. Phillips swept the prize-arena that year, taking home three prestigious literary awards: the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry, the 2013 Whiting Writers’ Award, and the GLCA New Writers Award for Poetry. He has been named “a virtuoso poetic voice” by Granta and Commonweal called his latest poetry collection, The Ground, “a brilliant sense of what the art of American poetry is today.” 

During his residency, Rowan worked on a new poetry collection, titled Heaven, which was published by FARRAR, STRAUS AND GIROUX in 2015.  Included in the collection (and in the October 2014 issue of The New Yorker) was a poem that, in Rowan’s words, “could only have been written in Woody Creek, CO.” Click here to read the poem, or listen to Rowan’s reading below.

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