Carl Phillips coming to the Hill Center Poetry Series

Carl Phillips will be my next guest in the Hill Center Poetry Series on Feb. 6.

UPDATE Feb 26: You can watch the video of our conversation here:

For more than 20 years, Phillips has been publishing remarkable poetry about sexuality and desire, politics and power, nature and music. A finalist of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award, his work has appeared in the Yale Review, Atlantic Monthly, the New Yorker and the Paris Review. He teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.

His latest collection of poems, “Silverchest,” was published last year by FSG.

The hour-long conversations in this series provide an unusual opportunity to delve into a poet’s work and life. The setting in the beautifully restored Old Naval Hospital in Southeast Washington is cozy, and afterward we’ll have a reception where you can talk with Phillips and get copies of his books signed.

This will be the third interview in the series, which is co-sponsored by the Library of Congress and The Washington Post. Previous guests were Elizabeth Alexander and Nick Flynn.

(Copyright Dinty W. Moore. Courtesy of Farrar Straus Giroux.)
(Copyright Dinty W. Moore. Courtesy of Farrar Straus Giroux.)

Attendance is free, but reserve a seat here. And if you know of any students in the D.C. area who would enjoy talking with Phillips, please let them know about this event.

Ron Charles is the editor of The Washington Post's Book World. For a dozen years, he enjoyed teaching American literature and critical theory in the Midwest, but finally switched to journalism when he realized that if he graded one more paper, he'd go crazy.
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