Robert Sward

Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet, Spoken Word Artist

435 Meder Street P.O. Box 7062
Santa Cruz, CA 95061-7062

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 & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

God is in the Cracks, A Narrative in Voices (Black Moss Press, 2006)
The Collected Poems, 1957-2004 (Black Moss Press, 2004)
Heavenly Sex (Black Moss Press, 2002)
Rosicrucian in the Basement (Black Moss Press, 2002)
A Much Married Man (Ekstasis Editions, 1996)
Four Incarnations: New & Selected Poems (Coffee House Press, 1991)


Autobiographical Essay, Contemporary Authors (Gale Research Company, 2003)
Five Iowa Poems (Stonewall, 1975)
The Jurassic Shales, A Novel (Coach House, 1975)
Paris Review
Poetry Flash
The New Yorker


God is in the Cracks (McGraw-Hill, 2009)
Faith & Doubt, An Anthology of Poems (Henry Holt, 2007)
Uncle Dog: The Poet at 9 - six poems (Anchor/Doubleday, 1965)
New and Selected Poems, 1957-2011 (, 2011)
T.S. Eliot's Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (Bedford Books, 2000)
Thousand Year Old Fiancee & Other Poems (Cornell University Press, 1965)
Kissing The Dancer & Other Poems (Cornell University Press, 1964)
Uncle Dog & Other Poems, London, UK (Putnam, 1962)
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

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Last update: Aug 29, 2016