For over twenty years, I’ve been lifting my voice on issues of black culture, racism, American history, and gender through the medium of writing.
I’m the author of four critically acclaimed books of poetry, The Gospel of Barbecue (Kent State, 2000), Outlandish Blues (Wesleyan, 2003), Red Clay Suite (Southern Illinois, 2007), and The Glory Gets (Wesleyan, 2015). My individual poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Gettysburg Review, Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry, among many others. For my poetry, I’ve won fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Witter Bynner Foundation through the Library of Congress. Just recently, I was honored with the 2018 Harper Lee Award for Literary Distinction, a lifetime achievement award.
A prose writer as well, my essays and fiction stories have appeared in Black Renaissance Noire, Callaloo, Common-Place: The Interactive Journal of Early American Life, Indiana Review, JENda: A Journal of Cultural and African Studies, The Kenyon Review Online, New England Review, StoryQuarterly, The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks on Race (Scribner 2016), and Virginia Quarterly Review. For my fiction, I’ve won the Emerging Fiction Fellowship from the Aspen Summer Words Conference, the Tennessee Williams’ Scholarship in Fiction from the Sewanee Writers Conference, and the Goodheart Prize for Fiction from Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review. A short story of mine was shortlisted for Best American Short Story, and I earned Honorable Mention for the Zoetrope: All-Story prize in fiction. And my blog, PhillisRemastered, has gathered over a quarter of a million hits.
I’ve read my work at universities, conferences, and in communities across the country, including the Library of Congress. A native southerner, I’ve lived on the prairie since 2002, where I’m Full Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma.