Professor Emilia Phillips’ debut book of poetry, Signaletics, was released by The University of Akron Press as part of the Akron Series in Poetry in August 2013.
Signaletics pits the measured against the immeasurable, the body against identity, and the political against the personal. With a defunct nineteenth-century body measurement system of criminal identification as a foundation, the poems move in and out of history, only to arrive at the immediate voice of a speaker, distraught about the death of a child brother, the remove of a father, and the estrangement of the personal with the politics of her country.
Read a review below:
"The contexts for the poems and sequences that make up Emilia Phillips’s remarkable first book Signaletics—literary, political, religious, autobiographical, and arguably most intriguing, the realm of forensics—are in Phillips’s hands a reminder that poetry itself is a forensic endeavor; part science, part argument, all in pursuit of a truth. Her work inventive, her formal range and flexibility admirable and always 'scalpel-edged', Emilia Phillips is an important new voice in contemporary poetry."
— Claudia Emerson
About Emilia Phillips
Emilia Phillips is the author of Signaletics (University of Akron Press, 2013) and two chapbooks. She has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, U.S. Poets in Mexico, and Vermont Studio Center. Her poetry appears in AGNI, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Kenyon Review, Poetry Magazine, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. She serves as the prose editor of 32 Poems, a staff member at the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and as the 2013–2014 Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College. She was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and received her BA at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and MFA at Virginia Commonwealth University.