Phillip T. 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]

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

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"[6] and as "laments of postindustrial despair, isolation, and ecological ruin."[7] 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."[8]

He was the founding editor of the poetry journal OccuPoetry, an online literary journal which documented poetry and art of the Occupy Movement.[9] He attended the 2012 Squaw Valley Community of Writers poetry workshop with Robert Hass, CD Wright, Sharon Olds, Kazim Ali, and Katie Ford, and he edited the 2012 issue of the Squaw Valley Review.[10]

Barron has been cited as an expert on sexism and capital punishment[11][12][13] for a 2000 article titled "Gender Discrimination in the US Death Penalty System".[14] In 2013, he appeared on a HuffPost Live segment on gender discrimination in the death penalty.[15]

Awards and HonorsEdit

  • 2019 Nicolás Guillén Outstanding Book Award[16]
  • 2015 Michael Rubin Book Award[17]
  • 2001-02 Davis-Putter Scholarship[18]

Published WorksEdit


What Comes from a Thing (Fourteen Hills Press, 2015)[19]


The Outspokin' Cyclist (Avenida Books, 2011)[20]


  1. ^ Bazeley, Toby (2019-10-04). "Predoctoral Fellow Phillip Barron on narrative theory". The Pioneer Log. Retrieved 2019-10-20.
  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. ^ "Black Issues in Philosophy: The 2019 Caribbean Philosophical Awards Winners". Blog of the American Philosophical Association.
  7. ^ Starbuck, Scott. "Review: 'What Comes From a Thing' by Phillip Barron". Ardor.
  8. ^ Quirici, Justin. "What Comes from a Thing by Phillip Barron". Latest Reviews. Nomadic Press.
  9. ^ OccuPoetry's entry at WorldCat. OCLC 785738917.
  10. ^ "Community of Writers at Squaw Valley Celebrates The 2012 Squaw Valley Review Poetry Anthology".
  11. ^ Lithwick, Dahlia (2010-09-21). "Lady Killer". Slate.
  12. ^ Jonsson, Patrik (2010-09-23). "Teresa Lewis: the face of gender differences on death row". The Christian Science Monitor.
  13. ^ Rohrer, Finlo (2010-09-23). "Is Teresa Lewis an unusual death row case?". BBC News.
  14. ^ Barron, Phillip (2000). "Gender Discrimination in the US Death Penalty". Radical Philosophy Review. 3 (1): 89–96. doi:10.5840/radphilrev20003110.
  15. ^ "Is The Death Penalty Off The Table For Women?". HuffPost Live.
  16. ^ "The 2019 Caribbean Philosophical Awards Winners". 2019-01-08.
  17. ^ "Fourteen Hills book page".
  18. ^ "List of Davis-Putter winners". 2011-09-29.
  19. ^ Barron, Phillip (2015). What comes from a thing. San Francisco: Fourteen Hills. ISBN 9781889292670. OCLC 934504674.
  20. ^ Barron, Phillip T (2011). The outspokin' cyclist. Minneapolis: Avenida Books. ISBN 9780982753019. OCLC 761702316.

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