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 a Chicago, Illinois native. He is the author of the book of poems Thief in the Interior (Alice James Books, 2016). He's also co-authored a book of poems and conversations called Prime (Sibling Rivalry Press). He is a Cave Canem graduate and received scholarships from Bread Loaf Writers Conference and a 2013 Ruth Lilly Fellowship. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Boston ReviewCallaloo, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, The Southern Review, West Branch and others. Phillip received his MFA in Writing from the Washington University in St. Louis. He is the Co-editor in Chief of the online journal Vinyl and the 2015-2017 Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry at Emory University.
  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