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Robert Sward

Robert Sward

Author's Bio

Poet Laureate of Santa Cruz County, 2016-2018. Robert Sward has taught at Cornell University, Iowa Writers' Workshop, & UC Santa Cruz. Born & raised in Chicago, Sward served in the U.S. Navy in the combat zone Korean War Era. Produced features for CBC Radio. 1980s, book reviewer & feature writer also for Globe & Mail & Toronto Star while living on Toronto Islands. "New & Selected Poems, 1957-2011", Red Hen Press. . "Love Has Made Grief Absurd--Gloria: A Monologue" in the voice of my wife, a visual artist struggling with Alzheimer's.

Publications and Prizes

New and Selected Poems, 1957-2011 (, 2011), God is in the Cracks, A Narrative in Voices (Black Moss Press, 2006), The Collected Poems, 1957-2004 (Black Moss Press, 2004), Heavenly Sex (Black Moss Press, 2002), Rosicrucian in the Basement (Black Moss Press, 2002), T.S. Eliot's Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (Bedford Books, 2000), A Much Married Man (Ekstasis Editions, 1996), Four Incarnations: New & Selected Poems (Coffee House Press, 1991), Five Iowa Poems (Stonewall, 1975), The Jurassic Shales, A Novel (Coach House, 1975), Thousand Year Old Fiancee & Other Poems (Cornell University Press, 1965), Kissing The Dancer & Other Poems (Cornell University Press, 1964), Uncle Dog & Other Poems, London, UK (Putnam, 1962)
God is in the Cracks (McGraw-Hill, 2009), Faith & Doubt, An Anthology of Poems (Henry Holt, 2007), Autobiographical Essay, Contemporary Authors (Gale Research Company, 2003), Uncle Dog: The Poet at 9 - six poems (Anchor/Doubleday, 1965)
Paris Review, Poetry Flash, The New Yorker
1) Guggenheim Fellowship for Poetry; 2) Fulbright Fellow for study in England; 3) Villa Montalvo Literary Arts Award (selected by Lucille Clifton). Resident at Yaddo (Saratoga Springs, NY), MacDowell Colony (New Hampshire) and Carl Djerassi Foundation (California). Poet

Robert Sward Resume

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Pity the Beautiful by Dana Gioia, The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer, Dog Love by Marjorie Garber, Unleashed, Poems by Writers' Dogs by Amy Hempel & Jim Shepard, Memorable Dogs, An Anthology by Benjamin T. Spencer
Favorite Books:
Saul Bellow's Adventures of Augie March; The Voice That Is Great Within Us, edited by Hayden Carruth; Be Here Now, by Baba Ram Dass; Philip Roth, The Works...
Favorite Authors:
Saul Bellow; John Updike; Philip Roth; Diane Johnson; Rumi; Franz Kafka; Shakespeare; T.S. Eliot; Walt Whitman; Ernest Hemingway; F.Scott Fitzgerald;

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Listing last updated: August 29, 2016

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Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet, Spoken Word Artist
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Chicago, IL
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Chicago, IL

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