Scenes from yesterday’s meeting (and photo shoot)! Next meeting is April 6!
The festival is fast approaching, April 27, at 5:30 p.m., and we are so excited about this year’s poster designed by City Tech student William Luperena!
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’s something monumental and terrifying about myth when it’s allowed to become again something more than a euphemism for fiction––as in “that’s just a myth”––and it creeps with conviction into your belief system.”
The Ground will be available in the City Tech bookstore.
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.
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.
Please remember we have our meeting tomorrow (Thursday, Feb. 23) during club hour in Namm 522. We’ll discuss more ideas for the film and other exciting matters.
Jennifer, Rob, and Lucas
In order to accommodate students, we are extending the submission deadline by a week! Students may submit through 11:59 pm on March 7, 2017. Please send your literary art – we’re looking forward to reading it!
Our first meeting will be Thursday, February 16th at 1pm in Namm 503. All students are welcome!
As a member of the LAF Team, you will help publicize the event, choose talent for the festival, and aid in organization/ set-up the night of the event, and be instrumental in delivering what is sure to be an epic night of entertainment, inspiration, and school spirit.
We’ll be asking you for ideas for the intro video. Here are a couple from the last few years:
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.