Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Margaret Scott Bundy Professor of English, is a multiple award-winning poet who has published three books of poetry and a book of literary criticism.
Over the past eight years, his writings on soccer, tennis, basketball and more have appeared in The New Yorker and The Paris Review, among other magazines.
“I’m really excited by the fact that there are stadia and arenas where the ball’s not bouncing but the game’s on,” he said.
“I love the community and it makes sense to me.”Now, Phillips is teaching a remote seminar on the literature of sports.
For Phillips, listening to students talk about their experiences with sports makes literature “very alive” and is heartening amid the pandemic.