Join us for Episode 19: Of Poetry & Pinball Machines with our guest the fantastic and incredibly talented poet, Emilia Phillips. We discuss writing away from the self, the art of pinball, the ins & outs of using tilt in competitive pinball, knowing how to accept the poem, experiencing the process of writing both from pen to page to the key beneath the finger, as well as discussing the finer points of conceiving the poem on the page. Also, in preparing the space, I discuss the work of ee cummings, “next to of course god america i” in particular. So please put down the snow shovels, curl up in a snuggy, or pop another quarter into the machine, turn it up to 11 and enjoy!
Emilia Phillips is a poet. She is the author of Signaletics (University of Akron Press, 2013) and two chapbooks including Bestiary of Gall (Sundress Publications, 2013). Her poetry appears in Agni, Beloit Poetry Journal, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Kenyon Review, Narrative, Poetry Magazine, Poetry Northwest, Third Coast, and elsewhere. She’s the recipient of the 2012 Poetry Prize from The Journal, 2nd Place in Narrative’s 2012 30 Below Contest, and fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, U.S. Poets in Mexico, and Vermont Studio Center. She is the 2013–2014 Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College, the prose editor for 32 Poems, and a staff member at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.