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)
, The Daodejing: A New Interpretation, with David Breeden and Steven Schroeder
(Lamar University Press, 2015)
, The Mown Meadow
(Los Hombres Press, 1996)
, The New Life
(Plinth Books, 1998)
, The Silence Between Us
(Brooks Books, 2005)
, 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)
Anthology of Magazine Verse and Yearbook of American Poetry
(Monitor Book Company, 1997)
, 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)
, 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 Haiku Anthology
(W. W. Norton & Company, 1999)
, 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)
, World Enough Writers Ice Cream Anthology
(Concrete Wolf Press, 2018)
Akitsu Quarterly, Alaska Quarterly Review, Alimentum, Angel Face, Appalachia, Blood & Honey Review, Blue Lyra Review, Blueline, Buddhist Poetry Review, carte blanche, Commonweal, Connecticut Review, Connecticut River Review, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, Contemporary Verse 2, Crab Orchard Review, Crosswinds, Dappled Things, EarthSpeak Magazine, Empirical Magazine, First Literary Review-East, Kentucky Review, Lalitamba, Many Hands: A Magazine for Holistic Health, Miramar Poetry Journal, Modern Haiku, Mudfish, Noctua Review, NOON, North American Review, Paintbrush: A Journal of Poetry & Translation, Poetry East, Poetry Salzburg Review, Presence, Puckerbrush Review, PULP Literature, Rattle, Rolling Stone, Rosebud, Sanctuary, Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices, Spank the Carp, Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality, Still Point Arts Quarterly, String Poet, The Cresset, The Deronda Review, The Galway Review, The Heron's Nest, The Linnet's Wings, The Whirlwind Review, Theodate, Third Wednesday, Tule Review, Upstreet, Wild River Review, Wisconsin Review, Written River, Yankee Magazine, 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: Feb 15, 2017