Heaven-Photo: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
In Rowan Ricardo Phillips’ second collection of poetry, he considers:”Who the hell’s heaven is this?” and follows with an inquiry that ends with poetic uncertainty. According to Alan Gilbert in Bookforum, “Phillips’s emphasis on letting the strange remain strange, letting difference remain difference, because social and political progress entails learning to speak across differences as much as similarities.” Also a teacher, Phillips shared his process of these poems, offering drafts from his own notebooks via social media at the time of the book’s publication.
Heaven will be available in the City Tech bookstore.
Rowan Ricardo Phillips, photo: BlueFlower Arts
We are pleased to announce this year’s guest speaker, poet and essayist Rowan Ricardo Phillips. Phillips is author of two poetry collections published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux: Heaven (2015) and The Ground: Poems (2013). Phillips is the the recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim fellowship for poetry, the Whiting Writers’ Award, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award and the GLCA New Writers Award for Poetry, and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Heaven, an award that recognizes works that contribute to our understanding racism and cultural diversity.
Phillips’ poetry and writing has appeared in The New Republic, The New Yorker, Poetry, Granta, and The Paris Review. He is a contributing writer for Artforum Magazine and has written extensively online about soccer for The New Republic and The Paris Review, where he also contributes a column on basketball. In addition to his work in the field of poetry, Phillips writes literary criticism, art criticism, literary sports writing, and non-fiction. The author of the influential critical study of poetry When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness, Phillips is also the translator of Salvador Espriu’s story collection Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth as well as numerous other works from Catalan, Spanish, and Italian.
Born in New York City in 1974 Phillips earned his BA at Swarthmore College and his PhD at Brown University. He has taught at Stony Brook, Princeton, Harvard, and Columbia. A Fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU, he divides his time between New York City and Barcelona.
The LAF Writing Competition is open for submissions with a new, streamlined process here on the OpenLab site. Look for the Writing Competition page at the top of this site or link here to our new Writing Contest Guidelines.
In case you missed last Thursday’s event, we are posting a list of winners here!
2016 WRITING COMPETITION AWARDS
Alan Kay Literary Criticism Award
1st Place (tie): Peggy Saint-Vil, “Analyzing Poems on Death/ Poetic Views on Death”
1st Place (tie): Emmanuela Michel, “Displaced Persons: Pariahs”
2nd Place: Natalie Gustavsson, “The Hidden Power of Goodness in
Muhammed Naseehu Ali’s story ‘Mallam Sile’”
3rd Place: Diogenes Mata, “Drown: Impacts of Physical Abuse”
Adolphus Lee Poetry Award
1st Place: Jane Shor, “The City”
2nd Place: Ariel Nolasco, “You”
3rd Place (tie): Afonso Henrique, “Damn You, Mother!”
3rd Place (tie): George Shengelia, “Night and I”
Charles Matusik Fiction Award
1st Place: Katherine Hernandez, “Chicken Basquaise for Two”
2nd Place: Daiane Bushey, “Bug Parties”
3rd Place: Jaroslav Sykora, “Cheechmoonda”
Graphic Text Award
1st Place: Jessica Glinski, “Yanki Complex”
2nd Place: Reem Flifel, “Don’t Ever Regret Your Actions! Believe In Yourself!”
3rd Place: Marvin Clarke, “The Voiceless Playground”
Judith Walter Personal Essay Award
1st Place: Aleksandra Majkut, “Monday”
2nd Place (tie): Diamond Ivey, “Mysterious Friendship”
2nd Place (tie): Christina Rodriquez, “More to Life”
3rd Place: Dayna Iphill, “The Love of a Mother”
Lou Rivers Drama Award
1st Place: Hallie Lederer, “AGARES”
2nd Place: Michellle Joseph, “Free Bird”
3rd Place (tie): Nicole Bellaflores-Mejia, “Freestyle Effect”
3rd Place (tie): Evens Belleville, “Hounds Tooth”
Laura Polla Scanlon Award for Best Essay on New York
1st Place: Irvin Gutierrez, “Luly Halal Food Truck”
2nd Place: Rowina Bryant, “I Found My Passion”
3rd Place: Alisa Pavlova, “Rhetorical Question”
Michele Forsten Advocacy Award
1st Place: Andreina Avalos, “Hatching From My Shell”
2nd Place (tie): Pamela Drake, “The Portrayal and Betrayal of Women”
2nd Place (tie): Cherishe Cumma, “Erotic vs. Erotica”
3rd Place: Thierno Diallo, “The Immigrants in Benzu”
Charles Hirsch Faculty and Staff Award
1st Place: Essay: Jessica Penner, “Absent”
1st Place: Fiction: Jane Mushabac, “Adult Children”
1st Place: Poetry: Lubos Stepanek, “Mystery Sestina”
We are getting very excited for our 35th annual Literary Arts Festival tomorrow night. Our volunteers have put together a great show with a surprise film, dancing by the City Tech Steppers, readings by students and contest winners, and the featured writer Mary Gaitskill.
Please come support us in 2016.
This year’s Literary Arts Festival with Mary Gaitskill gets showcased in the Brooklyn Eagle! We’re looking forward to seeing everyone there this Thursday…..
Please join the English Department Literature Roundtable featuring a discussion of Mary Gaitskill’s works, including The Mare, on March 21. The discussion will be led by Drs. Renata Ferdinand and Ruth Garcia.
Literary Round Table final Poster
We now have an official LAF 2016 Facebook page thanks to our social media maven, Reem Filfel. Please visit us and LIKE us. The LAF team will salute you back.
The LAF Writing Competition Deadline has been extended to February 29! Submit your work soon for a chance at City Tech notoriety, cash prizes, and a chance to win at our Festival on March 24th. There are many categories:
- Adolphus Lee Poetry Award
- Charles Matusik Fiction Award
- Lou Rivers Drama Award
- Graphic Text Award
- Alan Kay Literary Criticism Award
- Judith Walter Personal Essay Award
- Laura Polla Scanlon Award for Best Essay on New York
- Michele Forsten Advocacy Award
- Charles Hirsch Faculty and Staff Award
Submit contest entries to
Indicate in the header of the email the category being entered:
LAF Writing Competition Postcard 2016
Please attend two important literary events happening at City Tech:
Literature Roundtable: “Why Black Literature Matters”
Tuesday, February 23, 3:30-5 p.m.
Namm Building, Room 119
This event, co-sponsored by the African-American Studies Department and the English Department is part of the college’s celebration of Black History Month.
Then, in conjunction with the Literary Arts Festival:
Literary Arts Festival Literature Roundtable
Monday, March 21, 11:30 a.m.
Professors Renata Ferdinand and Ruth Garcia lead a faculty and student discussion of Mary Gaitskill’s works; included will be “Five Questions with Mary Gaitskill.”
Both events are free and open to faculty and students at City Tech.