Rowan Ricardo Phillips is a poet, author, screenwriter, academic, translator and journalist.
He has been the recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award, the Pen/Osterweil Prize for Poetry, the Anisfield-Wolf BookAward, and the GLCA New Writers Award; he has also been a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry, the NAACP Image Award for Poetry, and has been a long-listed finalist for the National Book Award, and the PEN Open Book Award. His latest book, The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey, won the 2019 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting.
Phillips is the author of The Ground, Heaven, and The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey, all published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He has also published the influential critical study When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness. His translations have also appeared widely.
His work has been selected as a book of the year by NPR, one of the best poetry collections of the year by The Washington Post among others, has been featured in Best American Poetry 2016 and Best American Poetry 2017, and has been translated into Catalan, German, Italian, Norwegian and Spanish.
Also a prodigious sportswriter, Rowan has written on soccer, basketball and tennis for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic and The Paris Review.
Phillips is a Professor of English at Stony Brook University in New York. He has also taught at Harvard, Columbia, NYU, Princeton, Baruch, and the MFA Program at Warren Wilson College. He lives in New York City and Barcelona.