My writing, both poetry, and nonfiction is concerned with the ways in which our bodies embody violence,” says Emilia Phillips, “whether it’s physical and externalized (as is the case with bruises and scars) or emotional and internalized (homophobia, misogyny, etc.).” Her two lyric nonfiction projects, Wound Revisions: Lyric Memoirs and Rewilding: On Queerness, Family, and Body, approach their topics - which include reconstructive surgery, gun violence, queer families, and troublesome namesakes - with the goal of creating an experience for the reader that feels nearly physical, even as they also engage logic and emotion.
Phillips holds an M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University and is assistant professor of Creative Writing at UNC-Greensboro. Her essays and poetry have been included in many journals and magazines and she has published several collections and chapbooks of poems. In 2019, she received a Pushcart Prize for her poem “Pathetic Fallacy,” and her lyric nonfiction piece, “Excisions,” was awarded a 2015 Storyquarterly Nonfiction Prize.