Phillip Bannowsky is a poet, novelist, and journalist who writes from his experiences as an autoworker, international educator, and human rights activist. Recent poems have appeared in Dreamstreets Magazine, Broadkill Review, Currents, Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas, The Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies News, and the anthology Bad Hombres and Nasty Women. He teaches The Poetry of Empowerment at the University of Delaware and was awarded a 2017 Delawaware Division of the Arts Established Artist Fellowship in Literature: Poetry.
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On Jacobo the Turko: "an operatic intensity I really admire, and a willingness to be political, to explore the margins of culture and nationality and identity, in important ways." Diane Seuss, DDOA 2017 poetry juror and author of Four-Legged Girl (Graywolf)
"a straight shooter. In Autoplant, [Bannowsky] writes with authority and insight into the factory world. He brings his lively cast of characters to life, puts us there with them on the job. . . . funy, irreverent, and touching." Jim Daniels, author of Rowing Inland (Made in Michigan Writers Series)
Autoplant: a Poetic Monologue
The Mother Earth Inn

from “Jacobo’s Father, the Phoenecian”
in Jacobo the Turko: a Novel in Verse

Forebears. Why dream of fathers and sons, grandfathers
and bisa-abuelos, Phoenecian genes
dissolved in oceans of time?
Maktub, say the Mohammedans. It is written.
Written in water.
From waters we are born and to waters we return.

 

 

 

 

"In Phillip Bannowsky's Mother Earth Inn, the American entrepreneurial spirit clashes with American neoliberalism in a typical South American country. Treated with humor and compassion, yet haunted by the ghost of the Monroe Doctrine, good intensions get stymied by internal corruption and subterfuge. By the time the visit to "The Mother Earth Inn" ends, the reader may have a new and rare perspective on events happening in South America even today." Steven Leech, author of Valdemar's Corpse.
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