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Wally Swist

Author's Bio

A recording of a poem from his solo reading in the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival is archived at npr.org. A short documentary biographical film regarding his work as a poet and a writer was released by WildArts in 2008, In Praise of the Earth: The Poetry of Wally Swist, and has been screened at a number of venues, including at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut. Contact and queries regarding a screening of the film, especially with respect to organizations affiliated with the natural world and/or the literary arts are most welcome. In addition, he has published a scholarly monograph, The Friendship of Two New England Poets, Robert Frost and Robert Francis, with The Edwin Mellen Press in 2009. He is also the editor and writer of Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker, illustrated by Olga Larionova, published in hardcover by Talmi Entertainment in November 2012.

Publications and Prizes

Books:
The Daodejing of Laozi, with David Breeden and Steven Schroeder (Lamar University Press, 2014), The Windbreak Pine (Snapshot Press, 2014), Velocity (Virtual Artists Collective, 2013), Blessing and Homage (Timberline Press, 2012), Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love (Southern Illinois University Press, 2012), Winding Paths Worn through Grass (Virtual Artists Collective, 2012), Luminous Dream (Futurecycle Press, 2010), Mount Toby Poems (Timberline Press, 2009), The Silence Between Us (Brooks Books, 2005), The White Rose (Timberline Press, 2000), The New Life (Plinth Books, 1998), The Mown Meadow (Los Hombres Press, 1996), For the Dance (Adastra Press, 1991)
Chapbooks:
Train Whistle (Proof Press, 1996), Blowing Reeds (Timberline Press, 1995), The Gristmill's Trough (Hummingbird Press, 1991), Sugaring Buckets (High/Coo Press, 1989), Chimney Smoke (Juniper Press, 1988), Unmarked Stones (Burnt Lake Press, 1988), Waking Up the Ducks (Adastra Press, 1987)
Anthologies:
Pushing the Envelope: Epistolary Poems (Lamar University Press, 2015), Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years (W. W. Norton & Company, 2013), Where the River Goes: The Nature Tradition in English-Language Haiku (Snapshot Press, 2013), In the Garden of Poetry: 20th Anniversary of the Sunken Garden Poetry Series (Wesleyan University Press, 2012), What's Nature Got to Do With Me?: Staying Wildly Sane in a Mad World (Native West Press, 2011), Solace in So Many Words (Hourglass Books, 2010), From the Other World: Poems in Memory of James Wright (Lost Hills Books, 2008), Proposing on the Brooklyn Bridge: Poems About Marriage (Poetworks/Grayson Books, 2003), Haiku: Poetry Ancient & Modern (Tuttle, 2002), The Duchess of Malfi's Apricots and Other Literary Fruits (University of South Carolina Press, 2002), Intimate Kisses: The Poetry of Sexual Pleasure (New World Library, 2001), Stories from Where We Live: The North Atlantic Coast (Milkweed Editions, 2000), The Haiku Anthology (W. W. Norton & Company, 1999), Anthology of Magazine Verse and Yearbook of American Poetry (Monitor Book Company, 1997), Haiku World: An International Poetry Almanac (Kodansha International, 1996), Place of the Long River: A Connecticut River Anthology of Poetry and Prose with Views from the Source to the Sound (Blue Moon Press, 1995), Haiku Moment (Tuttle, 1993)
Journals:
Alaska Quarterly Review, Alimentum, Angel Face, Appalachia, Blood & Honey Review, Blue Lyra Review, Blueline, Buddhist Poetry Review, Commonweal, Connecticut Review, Connecticut River Review, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, Crab Orchard Review, Dappled Things, EarthSpeak Magazine, Empirical Magazine, Lalitamba, Many Hands: A Magazine for Holistic Health, Miramar Poetry Journal, Modern Haiku, Mudfish, Noctua Review, North American Review, Paintbrush: A Journal of Poetry & Translation, Poetry Salzburg Review, Presence, Puckerbrush Review, Rattle, Rolling Stone, Rosebud, Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices, Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality, Still Point Arts Quarterly, String Poet, The Galway Review, The Heron's Nest, The Whirlwind Review, Theodate, Tule Review, Wild River Review, Wisconsin Review, Written River, Yankee Magazine
Prizes:
Former Poet-in-Residence, Fort Juniper, the Robert Francis Homestead (1998, 2003-2005); recipient of Artist Fellowship Awards in Poetry from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts (1978, 2003); one of seven finalists chosen from New England and New York to read their poetry in the 40th Anniversary of the Northeast Modern Language Association Convention (Creative Session) (2009); co-winner of the Crab Orchard Series Open Poetry Competition for 2011 for Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love; 2nd Prize in the W. B. Yeats Society of New York 2012 Poetry Competition; 2012 Philip Whalen Memorial Grant from Poets in Need; grants from the Author's League: June 2012, February 2013, October 2014; grants from PEN America: June 2012, November 2014; winner of the 2013 Snapshot Press Book Award for The Windbreak Pine: New and Uncollected Haiku, 1985-2014; winner of the 2014 Judd's Hill Winery Poetry Contest.

Wally Swist Resume

Personal Favorites

Favorite Books:
The Complete Perfectionist: A Poetics of Work by Juan Ramon Jimenez, Edited and Translated by Christopher Maurer; The Pathwork of Self-Transformation by Eva Pierrakos; A Soul's Journey by Peter Richelieu
Favorite Authors:
Emily Dickinson, Robert Francis, Jack Gilbert, Rolf Jacobsen, John Keats, Maxine Kumin, Bert Meyers, Lorine Niedecker, Pablo Neruda, Rainer Maria Rilke, Robert Spiess, Walt Whitman, Richard Wilbur, James Wright.

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Listing last updated: December 19, 2014

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Listed as:
Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
Buddhist
Prefers to work with:
Any
Fluent in:
English
Born in:
New Haven, CT

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