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Brian Kenneth Swain is author of the novels World Hunger, Alone in the Light, and Sistina. He also writes short stories and poetry, and has been a featured poet at the Poetry Society of Texas, Houston Poetry Fest (three-time juried poet), Austin International Poetry Festival (juried poet), InPrint, Barnes & Noble, and Borders, as well as on Pacifica and NPR radio. He is author of the poetry collections Secret Places and My America, and his work has appeared in Di-Verse-ity, Ampersand, Bayou Review, Edgar Literary Magazine, Free Press Houston, Mutabilis Press, Pebble Lake Review, Spikey Palm, and The Texas Poetry Calendar. He is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Brian is an engineer and businessperson whose professional career spans twenty-three years, including having worked for Bell Laboratories and McKinsey & Company. He holds an MSEE from Columbia University and an MBA from The Wharton School. He grew up in Brunswick, Maine.