Phillip B. Williams
Poet | Editor | Blogger
I shut your eyes with my hand, your mouth
with my mouth.
from poem "Misericorde"
Phillip B. Williams is the author of Thief in the Interior, winner of the 2017 Kate Tufts Discovery Award and a 2017 Lambda Literary award, and finalist for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature (Poetry) and a Thom Gunn Award from the Publishing Triangle. He received a 2017 Whiting Award, 2013 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, and a Kenyon Review Writers Workshop fellowship. Phillip is the co-editor in chief of the online journal Vinyl. He currently teaches literature and creative writing at Bennington College.
  1. “Not just more of the artfully skill-less, conceptual talk of a poem, this is what you’ve been waiting for: some poetry. Not just skill as possession, as a commodity, but skill to accomplish the expressive event, a deeply felt poetic argument. For example Williams’ line is no arbitrary unit of type, but an effective musically syntactic accomplishment of line. Poetry!”
    —Ed Roberson, author of To See the Earth Before the End of the World
  2. “[Thief in the Interior] is a ‘debut’ in chronology only, a rare poetic event that transcends our expectations. Williams’s poems embody balance: uncompromising and magnetic, surprising and intuitive. "
    —Adrian Matejka, author of The Big Smoke
  3. "When almost everything has been taken away, what do we have? Phillip B. Williams’s powerful new collection, Thief in the Interior, pierces through the gape-mouthed howls produced by the missing gay black body and sings a brutal broken song that energizes and revives the contemporary lyric."
    —Dawn Lundy Martin, author of Life in a Box is a Pretty Life