About

Headshot of Rowan Ricardo Phillips wearing a button down shirt, seated

Rowan Ricardo Phillips is a multi-award-winning poet, author, screenwriter, academic, translator, and journalist. His writing appears in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and other national and international publications.

The author of three books of poetry, two books of non-fiction, and a book-length translation of fiction, Rowan Ricardo Phillips has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry, a Whiting Award, and the GLCA New Writers Award. He has also been a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize, the National Book Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Also an acclaimed sportswriter, Rowan’s writing on basketball has been collected by The Library of America, his soccer writing has been acclaimed by BBC commentary and English soccer legend Gary Lineker, and his award-winning writing on tennis has achieved widespread international recognition. Rowan has written the screenplay for Legendary’s biopic on baseball icon Roberto Clemente adapted from Pulitzer Prize–winner David Maraniss’ biography Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero, which will be directed by O. J.: Made in America creator Ezra Edelman and produced by John Lesher, Fuego Films’ Ben Silverman and Jay Weisleder, with Giselle Fernandez and Sandra Condito as executive producers. His work has also been heard on the small screen: his poetry has been adapted for music and subsequently appeared on Spike Lee’s Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It.

Rowan Ricardo Phillips is a graduate of Swarthmore College and has a doctorate in English Literature from Brown University. Currently, he is the Margaret Bundy Scott Professor of English at Williams College and on the faculty of the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University. He is a poetry editor for Public Books, a member of the Creative Council of Aspen Words, a fellow of the New York Institute of the Humanities at NYU, and a scholar at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge. He divides his time between New York City, Barcelona, and Williamstown, Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters.