Knox Reads!

Knox Reads! is a community-reading event celebrating the work of one chosen author each fall. Carl Phillips, recipient of the 2013 Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement, will visit Gambier on November 9th, 2013 to give the keynote address at the Kenyon Review Literary Festival.

Knox Reads! Schedule of Events

Oct. 5–Nov. 7, 2013

Oct. 5, 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. — Knox Reads! Kickoff at the Farmers’ Market on the Mount Vernon Public Square. Free copies of Carl Phillips’ Double Shadow will be distributed at the market and will also be available at Paragraphs Bookstore and the Kenyon College Bookstore.

Oct. 15, 7:00 p.m. — Double Shadow Book Discussion led by Royal Rhodes, Donald L. Rogan Professor of Religious Studies at Kenyon College. Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Mount Vernon.

Oct. 30, 12:45 p.m. — Brown Bag Chat: Double Shadow led by Thomas Hawks, Assistant Professor of English at Kenyon College. Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Mount Vernon.

Acclaim for Carl Phillips and Double Shadow

“In some ways the perpetually shifting textures and shardlike quality of Phillips’ language are reminiscent of John Ashbery, that pre-eminent poet of modern consciousness. But where Ashbery’s universe is a theater of nihilistic yet playful hijinks, Phillips’ is a somber, autumnal landscape, one that is illuminated by moments of ephemeral, etheral beauty.”
—Troy Jollimore, The Chicago Tribune

“There are gorgeous moments of candor and unrestrained humanity in this collection, but for all its striking human sensitivity, there are still dark spaces in Double Shadow that are classic Carl Phillips. Even in its darkest lines, Double Shadow embodies a twisted sense of optimism . . . Double Shadow fully embodies the tension between unwillingness and inability, resignation and despair. It manages to wring hope out of pain and torture in a way that makes you wonder how anyone who hasn’t had their heart broken can ever be sincere.”
—Julie Dill, St. Louis Magazine

“To read Phillips at his most lyrical is to follow a syntactical odyssey through lands where body and soul confuse each other with their mimicries, and defy the distinction. This is a poetry that is both thrilling and honest.”
—Broc Rossell, Harvard Review Online

For more information, please email us.


The Kenyon Review would like to thank the following organizations for their support of this community reading project:

Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Ariel Corporation, First-Knox National Bank, The Peoples Bank, Ohio Arts Council, Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Denham Sutcliffe Memorial Lecture Series, Kenyon College English Department, Kenyon College Bookstore, Kenyon College Craft Center, Kenyon Academic Partnership, and Paragraphs Bookstore.

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