Maya Phillips was born and raised in New York. Maya received her BFA in writing, literature, and publishing with a concentration in poetry from Emerson College and her MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson's MFA Program for Writers. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in American Literary Review, At Length, The Baffler, BOAAT, Ghost Proposal, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Rumpus, Vinyl, The Gettysburg Review, The Missouri Review, The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine, among others, and her arts & entertainment journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Vulture, Mashable, Slate, The Week, American Theatre, and more.
She is the author of Nerd: Adventures in Fandom From This Universe to the Multiverse (Atria Books, 2022) and the poetry collection Erou (Four Way Books, 2019), which was a finalist for the PEN Open Book Award and winner of the 2019 Balcones Poetry Prize and 2020 Poetry by the Sea book award. She is the recipient of a Hodder Grant from Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts and the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. Maya was the inaugural arts critic fellow at The New York Times and is now a full-time critic at the Times, where she writes about theater, movies, TV, books, and nerd culture. She lives in Brooklyn.