Esther Phillips won a James Michener fellowship to the University of Miami where she gained an MFA degree in Creative Writing, 1999. She won the Alfred Boas Poetry Prize of the Academy of American Poets for her poetry collection/thesis and went on to win the Frank Collymore Literary Endowment Award in 2001. Her publications are: Chapbook, La Montee (UWI, 1983); When Ground Doves Fly (Ian Randle Publishers, Kingston, 2003); The Stone Gatherer (Peepal Tree Press, 2009.) Leaving Atlantis, Peepal Tree Press, 2015.)
Esther Phillips represented Barbados at the Poetry Parnassus Festival in London, 2012 and her poem “Word,” was selected by BBC Scotland to represent her country at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She has read her work at various literary festivals, including Calabash, in 2009 and her poems appear in several anthologies, including Poetas de caribe anglophono (Casa de las Americas, 2011) and Give the Ball to the Poet (Cambridge-Homerton, 2014)). Esther Phillips is editor of Bim: Arts for the 21st Century and is founder of Writers Ink Inc. as well as the Bim Literary Festival & Book Fair. In 2014, Esther Phillips’ poetry was recorded for the Poetry Archive, U.K.