Interview Shuddhashar: What is it that you strive to explore and convey through your poetry? Xandria Phillips: I write poetry to wade into the incalculable, which is often reborn in my work as abundance, loss, and history. I see poetry as an opportunity to break ranks from the mires of prescriptive daily language. Conveyance is
Xandria Phillips is a Whiting Award-winning poet, and visual artist from rural Ohio. The recipient of a Lambda Literary Award, and the Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging Writers, Xandria is the author of HULL (Nightboat Books 2019) and Reasons for Smoking, which won the 2016 Seattle Review chapbook contest judged by Claudia Rankine. They have received several fellowships and are the 2021-2023 Center for African American Poetry and Poetics Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh.