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Rowan Ricardo Phillips

Rowan Ricardo Phillips is the author of The Ground, Heaven, The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey (FSG, 2018), Living Weapon (FSG, 2020), and When Blackness Rhymes with Blackness (Dalkey Archive, 2010). He has been the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing. Phillips is the Margaret Bundy Scott Professor of English at Williams College and teaches creative writing at Princeton. 


The 2020

September 8, 2020 | Essays

We were passengers forced to jump into the water when our ship, the 2020, after years of creaking, cracked in half and sank down into the darkness. The ship was long thought to be beautiful. For it gleamed in the sunlight. And it gleamed in the moonlight. It throbbed like a beacon, could be seen across great distances. And since it was like a beacon it was taken for a beacon.