March 2 – 3, 2016
Sponsored by the George Mason University English Department
Philip J. Metres III (born 1970 in San Diego, California and raised in Lincolnshire, Illinois) is an award-winning American poet, translator, scholar, and activist. His most recent poetry books include Sand Opera and A Concordance of Leaves. He has published poems, essays, and reviews in literary journals and magazines including Poetry, New England Review, Tin House, Ploughshares, New American Writing, Massachusetts Review, Field, and others. His work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry; The New American Poetry of Engagement; With Our Eyes Wide Open: Poems of the New American Century; A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry (2011); I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poems in Defense of Global Human Rights (2009); and Inclined to Speak: Contemporary Arab American Poetry (2008).
Metres’ honors include two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, two Arab American Book Awards in poetry, a Creative Workforce Fellowship