Author Archives: Hesse Phillips

About Hesse Phillips

Hesse Phillips (she/they) is a graduate of GrubStreet's Novel Incubator Program. In 2019 they were longlisted for the Bridport Prize in Short Fiction. Their fiction has appeared in The Bridport Review and Embark: A Literary Journal for Novelists. Most recently, they were a finalist for the Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair 2022, where they met their agent. They hold a PhD in Drama from Tufts University and will talk your ear off about all things relating to Elizabethan theatre. Their unpublished novel, Lightborne, is about the death of Christopher Marlowe. Originally from Pittsburgh, Hesse now lives in Madrid, Spain.

Three Virtuosos of Dread

Dread is an instrument. Its sound varies depending on how you play it. We’ve all heard it before, in the background of movies and TV series: there’s the high-pitched note that stretches on and on, the irregularly thudding heartbeat, the…


A few months ago, I attended a one-day seminar on revision. The lecturer started off by asking the audience to describe “revision” in one word. Everyone laughed when somebody said, “Hell.” Except me. I know not everyone out there shares…