Robert Sward

435 Meder Street P.O. Box 7062
Santa Cruz, CA 95061-7062
Phone: 
831-426-5247

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

Books: 
A Much Married Man
(Ekstasis Editions, 1996)
, Five Iowa Poems
(Stonewall, 1975)
, Four Incarnations: New & Selected Poems
(Coffee House Press, 1991)
, God is in the Cracks, A Narrative in Voices
(Black Moss Press, 2006)
, Heavenly Sex
(Black Moss Press, 2002)
, Kissing The Dancer & Other Poems
(Cornell University Press, 1964)
, New and Selected Poems, 1957-2011
(2011)
, Rosicrucian in the Basement
(Black Moss Press, 2002)
, T.S. Eliot's Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
(Bedford Books, 2000)
, The Collected Poems, 1957-2004
(Black Moss Press, 2004)
, The Jurassic Shales, A Novel
(Coach House, 1975)
, Thousand Year Old Fiancee & Other Poems
(Cornell University Press, 1965)
, Uncle Dog & Other Poems, London, UK
(Putnam, 1962)
Anthologies: 
Autobiographical Essay, Contemporary Authors
(Gale Research Company, 2003)
, Faith & Doubt, An Anthology of Poems
(Henry Holt, 2007)
, God is in the Cracks
(McGraw-Hill, 2009)
, Uncle Dog: The Poet at 9 - six poems
(Anchor/Doubleday, 1965)
Journals: 
Paris Review, Poetry Flash, The New Yorker
Prizes Won: 
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

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

More Information

Listed as: 
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet, Spoken Word Artist
Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Jewish
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Chicago
Raised in: 
Chicago, IL
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Last updated: Aug 29, 2016