Leila Philip

Leila Philip

Formal First Name
1961 - present

Leila Philip is Professor of Creative Writing and Literature in the English Department at the College of the Holy Cross. Philip is the bestselling author of award-winning nonfiction books that have received national glowing reviews. She has received numerous awards for her writing, including fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts and The National Endowment for the Humanities. Philip works across genres, publishing poetry, essays and theatrical script for off-broadway and co-founded the ongoing art collaboration, Water Rising. Her essays have been widely anthologized and included in numerous collections, including Brief Encounters, Creating Nonfiction, Why We're Here, and Maiden Voyages. Philip was a contributing columnist at the Boston Globe and has taught at a number of universities, including Princeton, Columbia, Vassar, and Colgate.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • 2020 Furthermore Publication Award, J.M, Kaplan Fund

  • 2020 Society of Environmental Journalists Story Grant Award

  • 2019 Michigan Humanities Council Fellowship

  • 2017 American Antiquarian Society Artist & Writers Baron Fellowship

  • 2015 Ct Arts /NEA Initiative Grant

  • 2014 Pushcart Prize in Literature

  • 2014 National Endowment for the Humanities

  • 2007 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship

  • 2006 National Endowment for the Humanities