January 21, 2024
A multi-award-winning poet, author, screenwriter, academic, translator, and journalist. His writing appears in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and other national and international publications. The author of three books of poetry, two books of nonfiction, and a book-length translation of fiction, Phillips has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry, a Whiting Award, and the GLCA New Writers Award. He has also been a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize, the National Book Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Also an acclaimed sportswriter, Rowan’s writing on basketball has been collected by The Library of America, his soccer writing has been acclaimed by BBC commentary and English soccer legend Gary Lineker, and his award-winning writing on tennis has achieved widespread international recognition. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College and has a doctorate in English Literature from Brown University. Currently, he is the Margaret Bundy Scott Professor of English at Williams College and on the faculty of the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University. He is a poetry editor for Public Books, a fellow of the New York Institute of the Humanities at NYU and a scholar at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge. He divides his time between New York City, Barcelona, and Williamstown, Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters.