second book, Boy, was published by the University of Georgia Press in 2008. His first, Chattahoochee, won the 2005 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He has received support from the NEA, the Fulbright Commission, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2010. He teaches at Drew University.
“For me this is a real discovery... the language is quiet and accurate, the details precise, and the emotions—though never insisted upon—are there, unquestionable and complex. I don't mean the poems are casually written: the art here is in hiding the art, and he is the rare poet with the tact and chops to accomplish that. What a find!
—Philip Levine, Ploughshares
"To read Chattahoochee is to recall the landmark first books of the young Galway Kinnell, Philip Levine, or Larry Levis. Like them, Phillips writes with reverence for even the most brutal, bitter parts of memory."
—Deborah Digges, author Trapeze
“There are poets of domestic life and there are poets of the sublime, and Patrick Phillips is both. Subtle of ear, heart, and mind, these poems... are grave, soulful, and always, always deeply pleasurable to read.”
—Tom Sleigh, author of Army Cats
"Haunted by memories, could-have- beens and what-ifs... Phillips enacts the anxiety and grief of the knowledge that there is no escape from death, no matter how much we may love and protect someone.”