My debut full-length poetry collection, Erou, is forthcoming in fall 2019 from Four Way Books. Until then, you can find some of my published poems at the publications listed below.
"Poem Ending with a Scene of a Woman Alone" | American Literary Review
"The Woman," "Sometimes my father is a roaming hunger," "In Which My Mother and Father Meet for Brunch After His Death," "And/Or," "Of Late" | West Branch
"At the Doctor's Office" | The Boiler
"Revision," "Losing His Cool" | The Gettysburg Review
"Offering" | Vinyl
"Persephone, Engaged" | At Length
"Erou" | Hayden's Ferry Review
"A Kind of Temperament" | BOAAT
"Daddy says," "Say," "Ode to My Father's Failed Kidney," "Currency," "My father dreams of the sky" | Ghost Proposal
"The Kindly Ones," "Theme in Red" | Anomaly
"Sunnydale High Student No. 23" | FreezeRay Poetry
“These spare poems quiver with grief, but they are no mere elegies. No, they are exorcisms for the father’s infidelities and outbursts, they are conjurings of his ghost as it wanders the subways and bears witness to his own autopsy. Here, you have the strange finesse of Anne Carson but hammered by the hard knocks of the city and our modern times.”
—Nickole Brown, author of Sister and Fanny Says
“These engrossing poems bind family and myth, intimacy and allegory, 'Gap-toothed Erou' and 'Erou of the forked tongue.' The poetry of Maya Phillips is full of unforgettable imagery, wordplay and candor. She writes with a clarity that can cut as quickly as it calms.”
—Terrance Hayes, author of American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin and How to Be Drawn
“The hero’s journey has never been more engaging in contemporary poetry than in Erou by Maya Phillips. We travel between the mythical and the hyper-real, making sense of a world that’s becoming stranger than fiction daily; she captures how our lives appear to us and gives permission to question why our days feel like a fable. Phillips navigates between the struggles of family and the complications of love and the quotidian challenges we must navigate in the world. With the keen eye of Robert Hayden and the lyric range of June Jordan, Maya Phillips has stepped forward with a collection of poems that’s an odyssey for the 21st century.”
—A. Van Jordan, author of The Cineaste and M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A
I'm an arts and culture journalist with experience writing everything from TV recaps and theater reviews to long editorials and hard news for online publications, local print papers, national newspapers and more. My focus is in writing long-form criticism and features on theater, movies and television, but I'm also passionate about writing about books, particularly poetry, anime/manga, graphic novels and various other elements of nerd culture. My work has appeared in The New York Times, American Poets, American Theatre, Vulture, Mashable, Slate, The Week, EDGE, Black Nerd Problems, The New York Amsterdam News, Elmore Magazine, Chelsea Now, Dig Boston and Improper Bostonian, among others. You can check out a sampling of my work below.
Maya Phillips was born and raised in New York. Maya received her BFA in writing, literature, and publishing with a concentration in poetry from Emerson College and her MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson's MFA Program for Writers. Her poetry has appeared in At Length, BOAAT, Ghost Proposal, Hayden's Ferry Review, Vinyl, and The Gettysburg Review, among others, and her arts & entertainment journalism has appeared in The New York Times, Vulture, Mashable, Slate, The Week, American Theatre, and more. Her debut poetry collection, Erou, is forthcoming in fall 2019 from Four Way Books. A former content editor & producer at the Academy of American Poets, Maya currently works as a web producer at The New Yorker and as a freelance writer. She lives in Brooklyn.