The House that Drew Built
Philp relays the journey in his debut book, A $500 House in Detroit: Rebuilding an Abandoned House and an American City. Philp’s insights and observations run deep. His account is layered and complex, and reveals the untold story of Detroit’s rebirth—a tale of race and privilege, kindness and belonging, and the unseen forces that drive new urbanism.
Philp is an essayist and journalist whose work has appeared in books and collections in the United States and Europe. A $500 House in Detroit won the 2017 Stuart D. and Vernice M. Gross Award for Literature He is a 2016 11th Hour Food and Justice fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, and a 2017 Kresge Artist Fellow. He is also a writer in the film industry, having written two feature length dramas.
In addition to writing, Drew hitchhiked across the United States; taught writing, literature and theater extensively in prisons and juvenile institutions across Michigan; taught a class about racism at the University of Michigan; and is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the New England Literature Program. He is 31 years old and lives in Detroit with his dog, Gratiot.