Philip Kolin

University Distinguished Professor in the College of Arts and Letters; Professor Emeritus of English

Philip C. Kolin was honored by being named a University Distinguished Professor in Fall 2009. In 2006, he won the Innovation Award in Applied Research, and was the first Charles W. Moorman Alumni Distinguished Professor in the Humanities from 1991-1993. Kolin has published 40 books and over 200 scholarly articles on Shakespeare, modern American and African American drama (especially the plays of Tennessee Williams, Edward Albee, Adrienne Kennedy, and Suzan-Lori Parks), and business writing with such presses as Cambridge University, Routledge, St. Martin's, Houghton Mifflin, Cengage/Wadsworth, University of Alabama, University Press of Mississippi, Peter Lang, G. K. Hall, and McFarland. Regarded as an international authority on Tennessee Williams, Kolin published The Tennessee Williams Encyclopedia, which debuted at the Kennedy Center, and books on A Streetcar Named Desire, Williams’s late plays, and his influence on contemporary American playwrights. Kolin has also served as a guest editor for several journals with special issues on Williams’s nondramatic canon and the Williams Centennial. In 2012, Cengage/Wadsworth will release the 10th Edition of his widely respected Successful Writing at Work. Further, Kolin is the General Editor for the Routledge Shakespeare Criticism Series and recently published articles on Othello and St. Matthew as well as Macbeth’s influence on African American playwrights. His most recent books are Suzan-Lori Parks: Essays on the Plays and Other Works (McFarland, 2010), which was designated an “Editors’ Choice” by Yale Theater, and, forthcoming from Routledge, Suzan-Lori Parks: In Person. Interview, Speeches, and Addresses (with Harvey Young).

A poet as well, Kolin has published four books of poems, including Deep Wonder, which won an award from the Catholic Press Association, and, most recently, A Parable of Women: Poems. He has also coedited the anthology Hurricane Blues: Poems About Katrina and Rita. More than 150 of his poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in such journals as the Michigan Quarterly Review, America, Christianity and Literature, Spiritus, Louisiana Literature, The Windhover, Blue Collar Review, Anglican Theological Review, Theology Today (Princeton), and South Carolina Review. Kolin is the Founding Editor of Vineyards: A Journal of Christian Poetry (

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