Rowan Ricardo Phillips is the award-winning author of The Ground and Heaven, both published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, as well as the acclaimed collection of literary essays When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness and a translation, from the Catalan, of Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth. He has been the recipient of THE 2016 ANISFIELD-WOLF BOOK AWARD, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers' Award, the Pen/Osterweil Prize for Poetry, and the GLCA New Writers Award; he has 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 both the National Book Award and the PEN Open Book Award. Published in 2015, Heaven, was selected as a book of the year by NPR and one of the best poetry collections of 2015 by The Washington Post among others. His poetry 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. currently, he is writing on tennis for The Paris Review. Rowan has written extensively on basketball for both The New Yorker and The Paris Review Daily. A selection of his writing will be collected in a new volume on basketball by The Library of America. "Just about everything that Rowan Ricardo Phillips has to say about basketball is recommended reading," hails The Millions.
A Fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU, Phillips has taught at Harvard, Columbia, NYU, Princeton, the MFA Program at Warren Wilson College and Stony Brook University, where he is a Professor of ENglish and Director of the Poetry Center. He lives in New York City and Barcelona.