By Ginny Olson
Christine Swanberg is the featured poet for the Emily Dickinson Poetry Series on September 12, 2012 at 7 pm. A complementary reception will be served following the reading and open mic session
Swanberg teaches regularly at The Clearing where she has mentored many writers. She also enjoys residencies and teaching at the Centrum Center for the Arts in Port Townsend, WA. A prolific writer, she published seven books of poetry, appeared in many journals and anthologies, authored a college poetry text, and two of her essays appeared in Women on Poetry. Her newest collection combining older and new poems is now available from The Puddin’head Press.
A graduate of the Vermont Writing Program, Swanberg has received numerous awards, served the poetry community on editorial boards, and judged many poetry contests. Her column, “Literary Hook,” has appeared in the Rock River Times, Rockford, IL for many years.
I try to write poetry that speaks from personal experiences that others can relate to, so that the poetry is not “just” about me. I pay attention to lyrical language, sculpting of stanzas, and momentum. Poetry can accomplish many things at once: tell a little story, set a mood, express a moment of humanity vividly, have its own special music and form, and gather energy as it moves.
Christine has graciously volunteered to be the September reader as Sharon Auberle and Ralph Murre, the announced featured readers, are unable to read on that date.