Carl Phillips is the author of ten books of poetry, most recently Quiver of Arrows: Selected Poems 1986-2006 (2007) and Speak Low (2009). He is also the author of Coin of the Realm: Essays on the Life and Art of Poetry (2004) and the translator of Sophocles's Philoctetes (2004). His awards and honors include the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the Lambda Book Award, the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Male Poetry, the Theodore Roethke Memorial Foundation Poetry Prize, an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Library of Congress and the Academy of American Poets, to which he was elected a Chancellor in 2006. Phillips teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.
Recorded Thursday, February 26, 2009 at University of Chicago-Classics 110.