Leila Philip is the author of four books, including The Road Through Miyama (Random House), which received the 1990 / PEN Martha Albrand Special Citation for Nonfiction; and A Family Place: A Hudson Valley Farm, Three Centuries, Five Wars, One Family (Viking), which received awards for history and documentation of American life. Philip has received numerous awards for her writing, including from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts and The National Endowment for the Humanities. Fluent in Japanese, Philip studied ceramics in Japan and writes often on Japan as well as about art for Art Critical. In addition to publishing essays and poems, Philip is a contributing columnist at The Boston Globe.
Leila’s most recent book is Water Rising (poetry and watercolors, New Rivers Press, 2015) with Garth Evans, an art collaboration which has led to musical performances and the creation of a video installation, “Environment, Memory & Things” which has been shown internationally. Her first theatrical script, “Cardiff” was staged in New York City the historic Duplex theater January 2017. Water Rising has an environmental mission; 100% of proceeds from sales of the book are being donated to support environmental stewardship.
Leila teaches at the College of the Holy Cross where she is a Professor of literature and Creative Writing in the English Department and an active member of the Environmental Studies Program.
Fun facts; her summer job throughout college was working as a cheetah ranger in southern Oregon. She is a fan of the Worcester Art Museum.