Williams Nominated for NAACP Image Award
Visiting faculty member Phillip B. Williams has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award for his debut book of poems, Thief In The Interior.
The NAACP Image awards highlight “the accomplishments of people of color” and those who “promote social justice through creative endeavors.” The NAACP Image award for poetry honors an outstanding work of literature. Previous nominees have included Bennington MFA Faculty Major Jackson and former MFA Writing Faculty member Tracy K. Smith. Previous award winners include Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, and, most recently, Claudia Rankine.
Boston Review wrote, of William's book "To experience his poetry is to encounter a lucid, unmitigated humanity, a voice for whom language is inadequate, yet necessarily grasped, shaped, and consumed. His devout and excruciating attention to the line and its indispensable music fuses his implacable understanding of words with their own shadows."