Phillips is the author of The Ground
, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, for which he won a Whiting Writers Award, the GLCA New Writers Award for Poetry and the PEN/Osterweil Prize. His most recent book, 2015's Heaven
, also published by FSG, won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, was a finalist for the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize, was shortlisted for the National Book Award and the PEN Open Book Award, and was named a Best of 2015 by The Washington Post and NPR among others. Phillips is also the author of a book criticism, When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness
, published by Dalkey Archive Press in 2010. He has translated widely from the Catalan and his English-language version of Salvador Espriu's short-story collection, Ariadne in the Grotesque Labyrinth
, was published by Dalkey in 2012. He is currently a Guggenheim Fellow and writes on basketball for The New Yorker and The Paris Review. He has taught at Harvard, Columbia, and Princeton. He is an associate professor of English at Stony Brook University where he also directs the Poetry Center.