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Phillips, Rod

Associate Professor

Case Hall
842 Chestnut Rd Room S301
East Lansing, MI 48825


Ph.D. Michigan State, American Studies
Assistant Professor

Dr. Phillips' interests include the teaching of writing, American Literature, the Beat Movement, the 1960s, and Environmental History. In 2000 he published a book titled "Forest Beatniks" and "Urban Thoreaus": Jack Kerouac, Gary Snyder, Lew Welch, and Michael McClure. He has published articles on Herman Melville, Tennessee Williams, Jack Kerouac, Kathy Acker, and Lew Welch. The winner of the 1997 Midwest Poetry Prize, his poems have been published in more than a dozen journals. A chapbook of his poetry, Bullheading on the Looking Glass, was published in 2002. In 2003, Boise State University will publish his monograph, Michael McClure, as a volume in their Western Writers Series.



Rod Phillips published "A Fierce God and a Fierce War," an interview with poet Michael McClure, by Beat Scene Press in Coventry, England.

Rod Phillips has an article forthcoming to be published on Aldo Leopold’s book.  The article is entitled “A Sandy County Almanac” and will be published in the forthcoming Dictionary of Midwestern Literature.  Professor Phillips will also be publishing his monograph in the spring by Boise State University’s Western Writers Series, “Lew Welch.”

Professor Phillips wrote a number of articles that appeared in the Encyclopedia of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (M.E. Sharpe, 2005). They were about Sherwood Anderson, Liberty Hyde Bailey, William 'Buffalo' Cody, Upton Sinclair, and Thorstein Veblen.

Professor Phillips presented a paper, "'Making Our Kind of Home': Lew Welch's I, Leo and the Formation of West-Coast Beat Aesthetic," at the annual meeting of the Southwest American Culture Association (Albuquerque, February 2005).