Poetry. California Interest. Phillip Barron's WHAT COMES FROM A THING is the winner of the 2015 Michael Rubin Book Award. The Michael Rubin Book Award is a single-author, first-book award that memorializes the celebrated SFSU lecturer, and is selected by an independently solicited judge and published by Fourteen Hills Press.
"Phillip Barron's WHAT COMES FROM A THING renders the familiar strange again, and so offers us the rare opportunity to re-encounter what we think we know. A mapping and re-mapping of our concurrent worlds, these poems explore the shifting overlays of industrial landscape, post-industrial landscape, the 'natural' world, and all the worlds that exist among them: location is never where we left it... WHAT COMES FROM A THING investigates what it can mean to be alive to our 21st century existence, "bathing in the mortar/ reeds and ruin.""—Laura Walker
Phillip Barron is a member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and served as the 2012 editor of Squaw Valley Review. He is also the author of the non-fiction book The Outspokin' Cyclist (Avenida Books, 2010), a collection of newspaper columns on bicycling. His poetry has appeared in publications including New American Writing, Brooklyn Rail, Fourteen Hills, and Janus Head.His non-fiction prose also appears in Orion, Saw Palm, Inside Higher Ed, and Radical Philosophy Review, and his photography and digital art have shown in galleries in North Carolina and Minnesota.
He teaches courses in Philosophy and Humanities at Woodland Community College, a Hispanic-Serving Institution in Woodland, California. Previously, he taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and the University of California, Davis. He worked for many years as a digital media specialist at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.
Author City: SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA