Professional Bio

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

Eleanor Swanson is a widely published poet and fiction writer. Her work has appeared in The Missouri Review, the Denver Quarterly, the Southern Review, and many other noteworthy journals.  Awards include an NEA Fellowship and a Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship. Her first poetry collection, A Thousand Bonds: Marie Curie and the Discovery of Radium, was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award, and her second collection of poetry, Trembling in the Bones—about the Colorado Coal strike of 1913 and the 1914 Ludlow Massacre—was reissued in 2013 ( 3: A Taos Press). Her third poetry collection is Memory’s Rooms (Conundrum Press). She is also a fiction writer who has published a novel and two collections of short stories. Her first collection, Little Houses, was published by Stephen F. Austin State University Press. Her second collection, Exiles and Expatriates, won the 2014 Press Americana Prize. Her work has been nominated three times for a Pushcart Prize. She regularly reads from her poetry and fiction in the Denver Metro area.