Professional Bio

  • Ph.D., English, University of Denver, 1984
  • M.A., English, University of South Florida, 1979
  • B.A., English & Psychology, University of South Florida, 1976

My Ph.D. work focused not only on early American literature, but also on the writing of fiction. My dissertation is a short story collection entitled Sorrow for the Dead. My teaching interests are in nature writing, environmental literature, and the literature of social justice and social change. I look forward to teaching a course featuring the poetry of Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman.

Research & Scholarship

Undergraduate Courses

Poetry and fiction workshops
Literature Matters
American Literature through 1865
Reading Nature: Writing the World ( a core “Global Environmental Awareness class)
The Literature of Social Justice and Social Change (a core “Justice” class)
Writing Analytically

Select Publications

Little Houses, short story collection, Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2013

Memory’s Rooms, poetry collection, Conundrum Press, 2013.

Trembling in the Bones: A Commemorative Edition Honoring the 100 Anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre, poetry collection, 3: A Taos Press, 2013

Exiles and Expatriates, short story collection, is forthcoming from Hollywood Books. 

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Recognition
  • Fiction Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts
  • A Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship in Literature (fiction)
  • Swanson's first poetry collection, A Thousand Bonds: Marie Curie and the Discovery of Radium, was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award
  • Swanson's second short story collection, Exiles and Expatriates, won the Press Americana 2013 Prize for Prose
  • Puschart Prize nominations for both works of fiction and poetry