Gary Phillips

Gary Phillips is the 2016-2018 poet laureate of Carrboro, North Carolina. He is a writer, naturalist and entrepreneur. Gary has a special expertise in conservation easements and the protection of significant natural areas. He lives in a rammed earth house in Silk Hope, North Carolina with his wife Ilana Dubester. Gary avidly reads anthropological science fiction, studies amphibian activities on full moon nights and was once chair of the Chatham County Board of Commissioners. His book of poetry and occasional pieces, The Boy The Brave Girls was printed in 2016 by Human Error Publishing (Wendell, Mass).

His publishing credits include The Sun Magazine, Independent Weekly, Raleigh News and Observer, Men’s Journal, Missouri Farm Journal, Communities Magazine, Ploughshares, Chatham County Line, The Good Men Project, Ransom Street Mag, The Ecozoic Review and NPR, where he performed regular commentaries as part of Radio Free Bubba.

Gary has contributed chapters to several books, including Environmentally Sound Agriculture, The Best of Radio Free Bubba and Small Stories Big Changes: Agents of Change on the Frontlines of Sustainability.

Featured Poet: Cervantes Festival, Greenfield Reads, UNC Literary Festival, Conference on Money and Meaning, North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival, and The West End Poetry Festival.

Accomplishments: Primary organizer of the 2017 West End Poetry Festival, which expanded to four days and featured 45 poets and more than 500 participants. Finalist for the 2017 North Carolina Poet Laureate Award.

Participation at the 2018 West End Poetry Festival

  • Member of the Carrboro Poets Council, the festival’s volunteer planning committee
  • Poets reception & curated open mic readings | Wednesday/Friday, October 17,19 | 6:30 PM | Johnny’s & Flyleaf Books

For a full schedule and descriptions of all sessions, see the festival schedule.