Chad Sweeney

5500 University Parkway California State Univ. San Bernardino
San Bernardino, CA 92407
(415) 261-3498

Author's Bio

Chad Sweeney is the author of three books of poetry, Parable of Hide and Seek (Alice James, 2010, Beatrice Hawley Award runner up), Arranging the Blaze (Anhinga Press, 2009), An Architecture (BlazeVOX, 2007) and four chapbooks, most recently A Mirror to Shatter the Hammer (Tarpaulin Sky, 2006). He is editor of the new City Lights anthology Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sounds: the Teachers of WritersCorps in Poetry and Prose, and is co-editor of Parthenon West Review ( He has co-translated a selected poems of the Iranian poet, H.E. Sayeh, and has published individual poems widely. He taught literature and poetry in San Francisco for fifteen years with WritersCorps and as poet-in-residence at the School of the Arts, and is now a Ph.D. candidate at Western Michigan University where he teaches Advanced Poetry and serves as assistant editor of New Issues Press. He has been invited to guest lecture at several universities, including U.C. Berkeley, U.C. Santa Cruz, San Francisco State University, SUNY Potsdam, South Florida University, and the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

Publications and Prizes

A Mirror to Shatter the Hammer
(Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2006)
, An Architecture
(BlazeVOX [books], 2007)
, Arranging the Blaze
(Anhinga Press, 2009)
, Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sounds
, Parable of Hide and Seek
(Alice James Books, 2010)
, The Art of Stepping Through Time: Selected Poems of H.E. Sayeh
(White Pine Press, 2011)
, White Martini of the Apocalypse
(Marick Press, 2015)
Best American Poetry 2008
(Scribner, 2008)
, Pushcart Prize Anthology 2012
(W. W. Norton & Company, 2011)
American Letters & Commentary, American Poetry Review, Bellingham Review, Berkeley Poetry Review, Bird Dog, Black Warrior Review, Blueline, Cimarron Review, Coconut Magazine, Colorado Review, Contact II, Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, Disquieting Muses, Electronic Poetry Review, eratio, Five Fingers Review, GutCult, Hunger Mountain, H_NGM_N, Indiana Review, New American Writing, Nimrod, Packingtown Review, Passages North, Poetry Flash, Poetry International, Pool, Puerto del Sol, Red Wheelbarrow, Santa Clara Review, Shampoo, Slope, Subtropics, The Seattle Review, Tulane Review, Verse, Volt, Washington Square, Wisconsin Review
Prizes Won: 
Cultural Equities Grant (for translation), San Francisco Arts Commission, 2007-2008 Project Grant (for editing), San Francisco Arts Commission, 2006

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Irish American, Buddhist
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Norman, United States
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Norman, OK, United States
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Last updated: Feb 01, 2015