Professional Bio

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

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.

Select Courses Taught

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

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Research & Scholarship

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