The Board of Trustees of The Kenyon Review was pleased to honor Carl Phillips as the 2013 recipient of the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement. One of the most celebrated poets of his generation, Phillips’ lyrical work transcends worldly damages and desires, achieving a rare resonance.
About Carl Phillips
Carl Phillips is the author of twelve books of poetry, including Silverchest (2013) and Double Shadow (2011), which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Other books include Quiver of Arrows: Selected Poems 1986–2006, a translation of Sophocles’ Philoctetes (2004), and Coin of the Realm: Essays on the Life and Art of Poetry (2004). A finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, his honors include the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the Theodore Roethke Memorial Foundation Poetry Award, the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Male Poetry, an award in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Library of Congress, and the Academy of American Poets, to which he was elected a Chancellor in 2006. In addition to contemporary poetry and the writing of it, his academic interests include classical philology, translation, and the history of prosody in English. Click here to read an interview with Carl Phillips, conducted by KR Poetry Editor David Baker.