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Brian Kenneth Swain

Author's Bio

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.

Publications and Prizes

Di-verse-city (Austin International Poetry Festival Anthology, 2007), Houston Poetry Fest Anthology (Houston Poetry Festival, 2007), Houston Poetry Fest Anthology (Houston Poetry Festival, 2006), Houston Poetry Fest Anthology (Houston Poetry Festival, 2004)
Edgar Literary Magazine, Texas Poetry Calendar, The Bayou Review
2-time Pushcart Prize nominee

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Homer and Langley by E. L. Doctorow
Favorite Books:
Absalom! Absalom! (W. Faulkner) Blindness (J. Saramago) Beloved (T. Morrison) The Shipping News (E. A. Proulx) Henderson the Rain King (S. Bellow)
Favorite Authors:
P. Roth, E. A. Proulx, W. Faulkner, T. Morrison, C. McCarthy, B. Collins

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Listing last updated: October 28, 2009

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Brunswick, ME

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