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A cordial invitation to the Williams English Department community: on September 22, Rowan Ricardo Phillips (the current Margaret Bundy Scott Visiting Professor of English) will be in conversation with novelist Jeffrey Eugenides, in support of @rowanricardophillips most recent book of poems, Living Weapon (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). For more info about the event, including the Zoom link to join, tap the link in our bio.

About Living Weapon:

A revelation, a shoring up, a transposition: Rowan Ricardo Phillips’s Living Weapon is a love song to the imagination, a new blade of light honed in on our political moment. A winged man plummets from the troposphere; four NYPD officers enter a cellphone store; concrete sidewalks hang overhead. Here, in his third collection of poems, Phillips offers us ruminations on violins and violence, on hatred, on turning forty-three, even on the end of existence itself. Living Weapon reveals to us the limitations of our vocabulary, that our platitudes are not enough for the brutal times in which we find ourselves. But still, our lives go on, and these are poems of survival as much as they are an indictment. Couched in language both wry and ample, Living Weapon is a piercing addition from a “virtuoso poetic voice” (Granta).
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Prof. Anjuli Fatima Raza Kolb's poem "Massgirl" has been shortlisted for the 2020 Montreal International Poetry Prize! Click link in bio to read the whole poem. Congrats, @anjulifatima! ...

Beginning of semester blessing from poet Lucille Clifton - the last line of "Mulberry Fields" - sewn by @cjc23rd who makes pieces that honor Black poets and praise Black lives @bellflowerembroidery ...

We always love seeing our alums in print! Thrilled to see that the headlining article in the most recent issue of @newyorkermag is written by English Department alum @jiayangfan '06, "How My Mother and I Became Chinese Propoganda." Tap link in bio to read. ...