Phillip Sterling

Phillip Sterling

Phillip Sterling is the author of In Which Brief Stories Are Told (short stories, Wayne State University Press 2011), Mutual Shores (poetry, New Issues 2000) and three chapbook-length series of poems: Abeyance (winner of the Frank Cat Press Chapbook Award 2007), Quatrains(Pudding House 2006), and Significant Others (Main Street Rag 2005). The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, two Senior Fulbright Lectureships, and a P.E.N. Syndicated Fiction Award, he is also the editor of Imported Breads: Literature of Cultural Exchange (Mammoth 2003) and founding coordinator of the Literature In Person (LIP) Reading Series at Ferris State University (Michigan), where he has taught writing and literature since 1987.

In my tenure as Senior Fulbright Lecturer at Marie Curie-Sklodowskiej during the 1997-98 academic year, I conducted a thesis seminar in Twentieth Century Literature, led specialization courses in Contemporary American Poetry and American Literature (1945-1995), and taught an advanced writing class. Beyond my academic responsibilities at UMCS, I traveled extensively throughout Poland (with Sarah and Andrew, the two of my children who lived with me at the time) offering lectures on American poetry and culture to students and faculty at Opole, Lodz, Gdansk, Krakow, and Zamosc. A direct result of my Fulbright experience is Imported Breads: Literature of Cultural Exchange, an anthology of poems, stories, and memoirs by writers who spent extended periods of time in foreign countries as Fulbright scholars or researchers (including Gary Gildner and Donald Morrill, former Poland grantees). Another result of my experience at UMCS can be found in my essay “The Poet as Travel Guide: Notes on ‘Ozymandias’,” which appeared in The Writer’s Chronicle (Feb 2010). I have fond memories of my year in Lublin, which was my children’s favorite city in Poland.

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