The Menil Collection

Carl Phillips Poetry Reading

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 – Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020

07:00 PM – 08:00 PM

Carl Phillips by Reston Allen

Carl Phillips. Photo: Reston Allen

The Menil and the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program copresent an intimate reading with the renowned and award-winning poet, Carl Phillips. Phillips reads from a selection of his poetry collections, including his newest collection, Pale Colors in a Tall Field (FSG, March 2020). Books are available for purchase and a signing immediately follows the reading.

About the artist:
Carl Phillips (b. 1959, Everett, WA) is the author of 14 books of poetry, including Wild Is the Wind (FSG, 2018), winner of a Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Publisher’s Weekly, in a starred review, called it “haunting and contemplative as the torch song for which the collection is named.” His other recent books include Reconnaissance (2015), Silverchest (2013, nominated for the Griffin Prize), Double Shadow (2011, winner Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry and finalist for the National Book Award), and Speak Low (2009, finalist for the National Book Award). Phillips is Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also teaches creative writing.

This program is free and open to the public. Limited seating in the Cy Twombly Gallery is available on a first-come first-served basis. Further information regarding accessibility and parking can be found here.


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  • The Menil Collection parking lot is located on West Alabama between Mandell and Mulberry. Street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood.

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