Emilia Phillips (they/them/theirs) is the author of five poetry collections from the University of Akron Press, including Nonbinary Bird of Paradise (forthcoming in 2024) and Embouchure (2021), and four chapbooks.

Winner of a 2019 Pushcart Prize and a 2019–2020 NC Arts Council Fellowship, their poetry, creative nonfiction, and book reviews have appeared widely in literary publications including Agni, American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, The Kenyon Review, New England Review, The New York Times, Ploughshares, Poetry, and elsewhere. They are an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at UNC Greensboro, serving as faculty in the MFA in Writing Program, the Department of English and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.

While finalizing the new collection, Phillips has started a sixth volume featuring poems that memorialize the former sites of LGBTQ+ bars, and is revising a lyric memoir titled Sqar. They spent three years writing craft essays for the Ploughshares Blog. They are also in the initial stages of a digitization project that will feature contemporary poetry broadsides in an open access online gallery. They continue to review new collections of poetry.