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LAF 2017

Thanks again to everyone who made LAF a huge success this year. It was such a wonderful evening.

And thanks to our amazing photographer, Michael Edwards. Here are just a few of the pictures he took.



Join us this Thursday (4/6) at 1pm in N1107 for our final team meeting before break. If you haven’t attended a meeting yet, that’s ok. If you already got a shirt, please bring it. Also, we’re going to have pizza, so comment on this post if you’ll be there so we know how much to get!

Rowan Ricardo Phillips’ The Ground

Heaven-Photo: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

In a discussion¬†with poet Lawrence Joseph about his work on his debut book of poetry,¬†The Ground, (FSG, 2012) Phillips discusses ¬†his work as a translator and a literary critic and how these affect his creative lens. He also discusses the importance of myth, story, and disturbances of the natural world in his work, stating: “There‚Äôs something monumental and terrifying about myth when it‚Äôs allowed to become again something more than a euphemism for fiction‚Äď‚Äďas in ‚Äúthat‚Äôs just a myth‚ÄĚ‚Äď‚Äďand it creeps with conviction into your belief system.”

The Ground will be available in the City Tech bookstore.

Featured Speaker: Rowan Ricardo Phillips

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‚Äô 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.