September 6, 2013

Chancellor's Graduate Fellow Phillip B. Wiiliams Recipient of 2013 Ruth Lilly Fellowship

Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow Phillip B. Williams (MFA, Creative Writing) is one of five young poets honored by the Poetry Foundation with a 2013 Ruth Lilly Fellowship.  

Among the most prestigious awards offered to an aspiring poet in the United States, the prize is intended to encourage the further study and writing of poetry and is open to all U.S. poets between 21 and 31 years of age.

“Since Harriet Monroe's founding of Poetry in 1912, to Ruth Lilly's endowment of these fellowships in 1989, to our constant search for fresh new voices today, Poetry has always sought work that enlivens our sense of what poetry is worth and what it can do,” said Don Share, editor of Poetry magazine, in announcing the 2013 winners. “This year's group of fellows—which includes poets whose passions range from community service to woodworking to scholarship—is especially inspiring because their extraordinary talents are so deeply informed by the way in which they have composed their lives.”

Phillip B. Williams was born 1986 in Chicago. He is the author of the chapbooks Bruised Gospels (Arts in Bloom Inc., 2011) and Burn (YesYes Books, 2013). Williams is a Cave Canem graduate and the poetry editor of the online journal Vinyl Poetry. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Blackbird, Callaloo, Kenyon Review Online, Painted Bride Quarterly, The Southern Review, West Branch and others.  Williams is the second Chancellor's Graduate Fellow to receive this honor in as many years.

For more information on the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship and the  visit the Poetry Foundation Website.