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  • Follow the link below to hear Poetry Foundation scholarship winner Phillip Williams read "Speak," published in Poetry magazine. (James Byard/WUSTL Photos)

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Prized Poet

Phillip B. Williams, a Master of Fine Arts candidate in creative writing in Arts & Sciences, is one of five young poets awarded a $15,000 scholarship from the Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine.

The Ruth Lilly Fellowship program, which ­encourages the study and writing of poetry, is open to all U.S. poets between ages 21 and 31.

Williams, also a Chancellor’s Graduate ­Fellow, is author of the chapbooks Bruised Gospels and Burn. He is a Cave Canem graduate and the ­poetry editor of the online journal Vinyl Poetry. His work has appeared in Blackbird, Callaloo and The Southern Review.

Listen to Williams read his poem “Speak.”


For more detail, read the WUSTL Newsroom article.

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