Wally Swist

1753A South East Street
Amherst, MA 01002-3068
(413) 253-0924

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. 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, and published in hardcover by Talmi Entertainment in November 2012. The Operating System, of Brooklyn, NY, is publishing his book, entitled Singing for Nothing from Street to Street: Selected Nonfiction as Literary Memoir, in 2018.

Publications and Prizes

Blessing and Homage
(Timberline Press, 2012)
, Candling the Eggs
(Shanti Arts Publishing, 2017)
, For the Dance
(Adastra Press, 1991)
, Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love
(Southern Illinois University Press, 2012)
, Invocation
(Lamar University Press, 2015)
, Luminous Dream
(FutureCycle Press, 2010)
, Mount Toby Poems
(Timberline Press, 2009)
, On Beauty: Essays, Reviews, Fiction, and Plays
(Adelaide Books, 2018)
, Singing for Nothing: Selected Nonfiction as Literary Memoir
(Operating System, 2018)
, The Bees of the Invisible
(Shanti Arts Publishing, 2020)
, The Daodejing: An Interpretation, with David Breeden and Steven Schroeder
(Lamar University Press, 2015)
, The Map of Eternity
(Shanti Arts Publishing, 2018)
, The Mown Meadow
(Los Hombres Press, 1996)
, The New Life
(Plinth Books, 1998)
, The Silence Between Us
(Brooks Books, 2005)
, The Treadle and the Light: Selected and New Poems
(Shanti Arts Publishing, 2019)
, The View of the River
(Kelsay Books, 2017)
, The White Rose
(Timberline Press, 2000)
, The Windbreak Pine
(Snapshot Press, 2014)
, Velocity
(Virtual Artists Collective, 2013)
, Winding Paths Worn through Grass
(Virtual Artists Collective, 2012)
A Haiku Path: The Haiku Society of America, 1968-1988
(Haiku Society of America, 1994)
, American Society: What Poets See
(FutureCycle Press, 2013)
, Anthology of Magazine Verse and Yearbook of American Poetry
(Monitor Book Company, 1997)
, Enchantment of the Ordinary
(Mutabilis Press, 2018)
, Except for Love: New England Poets Inspired by Donald Hall
(Encircle Publications, 2019)
, Fair Warning: Leo Connellan and His Poetry
(Printed Matter Press, 2011)
, From the Other World: Poems in Memory of James Wright
(Lost Hills Books, 2008)
, Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years
(W. W. Norton & Company, 2013)
, Haiku Moment
(Tuttle, 1993)
, Haiku World: An International Poetry Almanac
(Kodansha International, 1996)
, Haiku: Poetry Ancient & Modern
(Tuttle, 2002)
, Ice Cream Poems: Reflections on Life with Ice Cream
(Concrete Wolf, 2017)
, Intimate Kisses: The Poetry of Sexual Pleasure
(New World Library, 2001)
, 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)
, Proposing on the Brooklyn Bridge: Poems About Marriage
(Poetworks/Grayson Books, 2003)
, Pushing the Envelope: Epistolary Poems
(Lamar University Press, 2015)
, Solace in So Many Words
(Hourglass Books, 2010)
, Stories from Where We Live: The North Atlantic Coast
(Milkweed Editions, 2000)
, Sunken Garden Poetry, 1992-2011
(Wesleyan University Press, 2012)
, The Duchess of Malfi's Apricots and Other Literary Fruits
(University of South Carolina Press, 2002)
, The Enchantment of the Ordinary
(Mutabilis Press, 2018)
, The Haiku Anthology
(W. W. Norton & Company, 1999)
, The Light in Ordinary Things
(Fearless Books, 2009)
, Unlocking the Word: A Found Poem Anthology
(Lamar University Press, 2018)
, Weatherings
(FutureCycle Press, 2015)
, What's Nature Got to Do With Me?: Staying Wildly Sane in a Mad World
(Native West Press, 2011)
, Where the River Goes: The Nature Tradition in English-Language Haiku
(Snapshot Press, 2013)
Adelaide Literary Magazine, Akitsu Quarterly, Alaska Quarterly Review, Alimentum, All Roads Will Lead You Home, America, Angel Face, Appalachia, Apple Valley Review, Arabesques Review, Assisi: An Online Journal of Arts & Letters, Blood & Honey Review, Blue Lyra Review, Blueline, Buddhist Poetry Review, Carte Blanche, Chiron Review, Clockhouse, Common Ground Review, Commonweal, Connecticut Review, Connecticut River Review, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, Contemporary Verse 2, Crab Orchard Review, Crosswinds, Dappled Things, Earth First, EarthSpeak Magazine, Empirical Magazine, Eureka Street Magazine, First Literary Review-East, Frogpond, Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac, Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal, Hummingbird, Kentucky Review, Lady Jane's Miscellany, Lalitamba, Many Hands: A Magazine for Holistic Health, Mayfly, Miramar Poetry Journal, Modern Haiku, Mudfish, Negative Capability, New England Watershed Magazine, Noctua Review, NOON, North American Review, Numinous: Spiritual Poetry, Osiris, Outerbridge, Paintbrush: A Journal of Poetry & Translation, Painted Bride Quarterly, Paper Nautilus, Peacock Journal, Peregrine, Poet Lore, Poetry Daily, Poetry East, Poetry Salzburg Review, Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry, Puckerbrush Review, PULP Literature, Rattle, Rolling Stone, Rosebud, Ruminate, Sanctuary, Slant, Snowy Egret, Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices, Spank the Carp, Sparrow, Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality, Still Point Arts Quarterly, Stone Country, String Poet, Telephone, Cresset, The Deronda Review, Foliate Oak, The Galway Review, The Heron's Nest, The Kerf, The Linnet's Wings, The Literary Bohemian, The Whirlwind Review, Woven Tale Press, THEMA, Theodate, Third Wednesday, tinywords, Tule Review, upstreet, Verse Daily, Wild River Review, Wisconsin Review, Written River, Yankee Magazine, Your Impossible Voice, Zymbol
Blowing Reeds
(Timberline Press, 1995)
, Chimney Smoke
(Juniper Press, 1988)
, Sugaring Buckets
(High/Coo Press, 1989)
, The Gristmill's Trough
(Hummingbird Press, 1991)
, Things I Know I Love: Odes to Food
(Finishing Line Press, 2015)
, Train Whistle
(Proof Press, 1996)
, Unmarked Stones
(Burnt Lake Press, 1988)
, Waking Up the Ducks
(Adastra Press, 1987)
Prizes Won: 
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 2011 Crab Orchard Series Open Poetry Competition for Huang Po and the Dimensions of Love; 2nd Prize in the 2012 W. B. Yeats Society of New York Poetry Competition; recipient of the Philip Whalen Memorial Grant from Poets in Need and grants of financial assistance from the Author's League Fund, The Carnegie Foundation for Authors, The Haven Foundation, and PEN America; winner of the Snapshot Press Book Award for The Windbreak Pine: New and Uncollected Haiku, 1985-2015.

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Last updated: Jan 09, 2019