Anna Lena Phillips

lecturer and editor of Ecotone

Anna Lena PhillipsBackground

MFA, Emerson College, 2006
BA, Guilford College, 2000


Anna Lena’s work appears or is forthcoming in International Poetry Review, BlazeVOX, Redux, 111O, Open Letters Monthly, the Anthology of Appalachian Writers, and others.


  • Penland School of Crafts winter letterpress residency, 2013
  • Southern Women Writers Conference Emerging Writers Award in poetry, 2012
  • Nazim Hikmet Poetry Competition, 2012
  • Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities residency, 2012
  • Durham County Arts Council Emerging Artist grant, 2011
  • Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg prize, 2009
  • Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg prize, 2008

Anna Lena Phillips is editor of Ecotone and its sister imprint, Lookout Books. She teaches the Ecotone practicum as well as special-topics courses in publishing.

She formerly served as senior editor and book review editor at American Scientist magazine, where she worked as an editor and writer from 2007 to 2013. She is a founding editor of Fringe, for which she served as poetry editor during the journal's seven-year run. Her projects and pursuits include letterpress printing, old-time Appalachian music and dance, and investigations of the Piedmont landscape. She is the author of A Pocket Book of Forms, a letterpress-printed, travel-sized guide to poetic forms.

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