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c o l e   s w e n s e n

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Cole Swensen is the author of sixteen collections of poetry, most recently Gave (Omnidawn, 2017) and Landscapes on a Train (Nightboat 2015), and a volume of critical essays. Another collection, On Walking On, is due out in April 2017 from Nightboat. Her poetic collections turn around specific research projects, including ones on public parks, visual art, illuminated manuscripts, and ghosts. Her work has won the National Poetry Series, the Iowa Poetry Prize, the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award, and the PEN USA Award in Literary Translation. A 2006 Guggenheim Fellow, she is the co-editor of the 2009 Norton anthology American Hybrid and the founding editor of La Presse Poetry ( She teaches at Brown University.