Wanda Phipps is a writer/performer living in NYC and born in Washington, D.C. She studied theater and English literature at Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City, acting at American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, CA and poetry at Naropa Institute in Boulder, CO. She is the author of Field of Wanting:Poems of Desire (BlazeVOX[books]), Wake-Up Calls:66 Morning Poems (Soft Skull Press), the chapbooks Lunch Poems (Boog Literature), Your Last Illusion or Break Up Sonnets (Situations), Silent Pictures Recognize the World and Rose Window or Prosettes (Dusie Press), After the Mishap (Faux Press e-chapbooks) and the CD-Rom Zither Mood (Faux Press).
Her poetry has been published over 100 times in a variety of publications, including the anthologies Verses that Hurt: Pleasure and Pain From the Poemfone Poets (St. Martin’s Press) and The Boog Reader (Boog Lit).
Her poetry has been translated into Ukrainian, Hungarian, Arabic, Bangla and Galician. She has received awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Meet the Composer/International Creative Collaborations Program, Agni Journal, the National Theater Translation Fund, and the New York State Council on the Arts.
As a founding member of Yara Arts Group she has collaborated on numerous theatrical productions presented in Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan and Siberia, as well as in New York City at La MaMa, E.T.C. and co-authored several books with the artistic director including Shanar: Dedication Ritual of a Buryat Shaman in Siberia (Parabola) and the bilingual anthology In A Different Light: A Bilingual Anthology of Ukrainian Literature . She’s also curated several reading and performance series at the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church as well as other NYC venues, a assistant dramaturg for The Wooster Group and has written about poetry, performance, experimental theatre and the arts for Time Out New York, About.com, Paper Magazine, High Performance, NYC Metro, BoogLit, Cover Arts New York, The Poetry Project Newsletter and About.com.