Phillis Ideal

Location NYC; Santa Fe, NM
Occupation Writer; Painter

About Me

I am a paintier exhibiting in the USA and in Europe and a retired college professor (UC Berkeley, San Francisco State, Sarah Lawrence). In writing, I find that it has such similarities with painting in feeling the spark, the construction of the pieces and the struggle in releasing that energy in the work. And it is pure pleasure and connecting with others is the cherry on top.

Stories by Phillis Ideal

(These stories can be read at in Real Time and in Pure Slush print anthologies, ( Slut, vol 1 and Nostausgang, vol 2 )

The Recovery Room
David and Big Bird
The Glass Bowl

Why do you write?

I love a good story that explores the layers of human complexity. I write short stories that are based on real events retold to find the fabric of surprise and insight in daily life. All of the stories have taken place in NYC. The short answer is that it is so engaging and enjoyable.

Any favorite authors? Books?

Too many but will list a few: Raymond Carver, F Fitzgerald, Annie Proulx, J.M. Coetzee, Edgar Allen Poe, Paul Auster, Lydia Davis, Paul Bowles, Alice Munro, Grace Paley, J D Salinger, Edith Wharton, Henry James, Haruki Murakami, Colm Toibin,

Phillis Ideal's Wall

Gary Percesepe – Apr 18, 2018

phillis, thank you so much for reading and commenting on my poem-- gary

Phillis Ideal – May 23, 2012

Thank you so much for our notes of welcome and am so sorry it has taken me so long to set up-It is no reflection on how happy I am to be invited. I am simply been swamped with hanging a painting exhibition .

Chris Galvin – May 04, 2012


Darryl Price – Apr 19, 2012


Robert Vaughan – Apr 13, 2012

Welcome to Fictionaut, Phillis!

Susan Tepper – Apr 12, 2012

Phillis, welcome to here!

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