Phillip Barron

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Phillip Barron
OccupationPoet, Professor
Alma mater
Notable awards2019 Nicolas Guillen Outstanding Book Award from the Caribbean Philosophical Association

Phillip Barron is an American poet and philosopher who teaches at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.[1] His poetry has won the Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award[2] for philosophical literature and has been featured in many national journals including The Brooklyn Rail,[3] New American Writing,[4] and Janus Head: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature, Continental Philosophy, Phenomenological Psychology, and the Arts.[5] As of 2020, Barron is a PhD candidate in Philosophy at the University of Connecticut.[6]

What Comes from a Thing has been described by reviewers as "a masterpiece of phenomenological description in which poetry is not application or a technique for profundity but instead at the heart of philosophical/poetic evocation"[7] and as "laments of postindustrial despair, isolation, and ecological ruin."[8] Through both poetry and philosophy, Barron challenges traditional conceptions of personal identity, reframing identity as a distributed phenomenon "that comes through the tension between the artificial and the untouched."[9][10]

He was the founding editor of the poetry journal OccuPoetry, an online literary journal which documented poetry and art of the Occupy Movement.[11] He is a member of the Community of Writers poetry workshop, and he edited the 2012 issue of the Squaw Valley Review.[12]

Barron has been cited as an expert on sexism and capital punishment[13][14][15] for a 2000 article titled "Gender Discrimination in the US Death Penalty System".[16] In 2013, he appeared on a HuffPost Live segment on gender discrimination in the death penalty.[17]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 2019 Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award[18]
  • 2015 Michael Rubin Book Award[19]
  • 2001-02 Davis-Putter Scholarship[20]

Published Works[edit]


What Comes from a Thing (Fourteen Hills Press, 2015)[21]


The Outspokin' Cyclist (Avenida Books, 2011)[22]


  1. ^ "Lewis & Clark Philosophy Faculty". Lewis & Clark College.
  2. ^ "Book Award for Philosophical Poetry". Philosophy Department News. University of Connecticut. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
  3. ^ "four poems". The Brooklyn Rail.
  4. ^ "two poems in Issue 33". New American Writing.
  5. ^ "two poems" (PDF). Janus Head.
  6. ^ MisirHiralall, Sabrina D. "APA Member Interview: Phillip Barron". Blog of the APA. American Philosophical Association. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
  7. ^ "Black Issues in Philosophy: The 2019 Caribbean Philosophical Awards Winners". Blog of the American Philosophical Association.
  8. ^ Starbuck, Scott. "Review: 'What Comes From a Thing' by Phillip Barron". Ardor.
  9. ^ Bazeley, Toby. "Predoctoral Fellow Phillip Barron on narrative theory". Pioneer Log. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  10. ^ Quirici, Justin. "What Comes from a Thing by Phillip Barron". Latest Reviews. Nomadic Press.
  11. ^ OccuPoetry's entry at WorldCat. OCLC 785738917.
  12. ^ "Community of Writers at Squaw Valley Celebrates The 2012 Squaw Valley Review Poetry Anthology".
  13. ^ Lithwick, Dahlia (2010-09-21). "Lady Killer". Slate.
  14. ^ Jonsson, Patrik (2010-09-23). "Teresa Lewis: the face of gender differences on death row". The Christian Science Monitor.
  15. ^ Rohrer, Finlo (2010-09-23). "Is Teresa Lewis an unusual death row case?". BBC News.
  16. ^ Barron, Phillip (2000). "Gender Discrimination in the US Death Penalty". Radical Philosophy Review. 3 (1): 89–96. doi:10.5840/radphilrev20003110.
  17. ^ "Is The Death Penalty Off The Table For Women?". HuffPost Live.
  18. ^ "The 2019 Caribbean Philosophical Awards Winners". 2019-01-08.
  19. ^ "Fourteen Hills book page".
  20. ^ "List of Davis-Putter winners". 2011-09-29.
  21. ^ Barron, Phillip (2015). What comes from a thing. San Francisco: Fourteen Hills. ISBN 9781889292670. OCLC 934504674.
  22. ^ Barron, Phillip T (2011). The outspokin' cyclist. Minneapolis: Avenida Books. ISBN 9780982753019. OCLC 761702316.

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