The Emerging Writers Reading Series at Labyrinth Bookstore showcases senior thesis students of the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing with established writers as special guests. This month, poet Phillip B. Williams and Princeton seniors will read from their work.
In Thief in the Interior, Williams, recipient of the 2017 Whiting Award for Poetry, investigates the convoluted dangers of desire, balancing narratives of addiction, murders, and hate crimes with passionate, uncompromising depth and accuracy. These formal poems entrenched in urban landscapes crack open necessary dialogues on racism and homophobia rampant in our culture.
“This gorgeous debut is a ‘debut’ in chronology only, a rare poetic event that transcends our expectations. Williams’ poems embody balance: uncompromising and magnetic, surprising and intuitive. Need is everywhere—in the unforgiving images, in lines so delicate they seem to break apart in the hands, and in the reader who will enter these poems and never want to leave.” —Adrian Matejka, The Big Smoke
Phillip B. Williams is a Chicago, Illinois native and the author of the chapbooks Bruised Gospels and Burn. 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 Anti-, Callaloo, Kenyon Review Online, Poetry, The Southern Review, West Branch and others. He is the poetry editor of the online journal Vinyl Poetry.