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Upcoming Events

September 2019
16: Erou Book Launch @ McNally Jackson SoHo
w/ Cortney Lamar Charleston, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Nathan McClain, Jeanann Verlee
17: Four Way Books @ Bryant Park w/ Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Patrick Donnelly, Julia Guez, Jessica Jacobs
18: Four Way & Nightboat Books Reading @ McNally Jackson Williamsburg w/ Julia Guez, Marwa Helal, Cyreé Jarelle Johnson, Fred Schmalz
24: Busboys and Poets - Anacostia, DC

October 2019
12: Lit Crawl @ TBA w/ Julia Guez, Jen Levitt
23: NYU Bookstore w/ Diane Mehta, Monica Ferrell, Julia Guez

November 2019
17: Brookline Poetry Series - Boston
17: Lizard Lounge - Cambridge
19: Eleanor Wilner Series - Cambridge
20: Cantab Lounge - Cambridge

December 2019
6: Literary Writers Conference @ The New School

January 2020
30: Poetry Out Loud @ Fordham University

My debut full-length poetry collection, Erou, is out from Four Way Books. You can order the collection and read some of my published poems at the publications listed below.


“Alecto” | The Missouri Review
“Augury,” “Circe,” “January 3, 2015,” “Nepenthe” | The Rumpus
“Ode to My Father’s Failed Heart” | The New York Times Magazine
“Haunt,” “In Consideration of Love” | wildness


"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

Advance Praise for Erou

“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

“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

“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

“Executed as a modern epic poem that blends urban decadence with transcendental pathos, Phillips eviscerates the idea of pedestrian exchanges. This impressive work invites a discourse that redefines the depths of desperation, forgiveness, and acceptance.”
Publishers Weekly Starred Review