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Christine Rinaldi Swanberg

Mailing Address:
2517 Barrinton Place
Rockford IL 61107

County: Winnebago

E-mail: pobiz@core.com

Phone:
work/home: 815-398-0855

Genre: Poetry

Periodical Publications:

  • Work has appeared in: Powhatan Review, Spoon River Quarterly, Kansas Quarterly, Beloit Poetry Journal, Wind, Snowy Egret, The Butterfly Chronicles, The Creative Woman, Sing Heavenly Muse, Wisconsin Review, Chiron Review, Earth's Daughters, Willow Review, English Journal, Rockford Review, Rhino, Korone, Amelia, Farmer's Market, Sow's Ear, Prairie Winds, Poet's Ink, Poets West, Hammers, Just Write, Gotta Write, Great Lakes Poetry Project, Poets On, The Connecticut Writer, Dan River, Spring Fantasy, Pen Women, Tradeswoman, Rock River Times, etc.
  • 250 poems in 60 journals
  • Poetry included in the following Anthologies:

  • Tambourine, Butterfly Tree Press, 2000
  • Knowing Stones: POems of Exotic Places, Gordon Burke, 1999
  • Jane's Stories: An Anthology of Midwestern Women, 1998
  • Pride and Joy, Beyond Words Press, 1998
  • Home for the Holidays, Papier Mache Press, 1997
  • I Am Becoming the Woman I've Wanted, Papier Mache Press, 1995

Book Publications:

  • The Red Lacquer Room, Chiron Press, 2001
  • Confluence: A Living Literary Legacy of the Rock River Valley, Rockford Literary Heritage Press, 2000
  • The Tenderness of Memory, Plainview Press, 1994
  • Slow Miracle, Lake Shore Publishing, 1992
  • Bread Upon the Water, UW:Whitewater, 1992
  • Invisible String, Erie St. Press, 1990
  • Tonight on this Late Road, Erie St. Press, 1984

Forthcoming Publications:

  • Key West: an Anthology, Mid-America Review, The Powhattan Review, Chiron Review Prose Poetry Annual
  • Poems in Moon Journal, New Aging Woman

Awards, Fellowships, Grants and Honors:

  • Illinois Arts Council (City Grant) for editing CONNECTIONS
  • Illinois Arts Council (through Rockford Arts Council) for Midway Writer in Residency

  • Grutzmacher Poetry Award, 2000, 1999
  • Chiron Chapbook Finalist, 1999
  • Winner, Poets West, 2000
  • Poetry Center Finalist, 1996, 1998
  • Poetry awards in Midwest Poetry Review, Nit and Wit, & Kerone YWCA Award for Arts
  • C. Connon Award for Fiction American Book Award, 1995
  • Merit Scholarship, MFA Program, Vermont College, 1988

Recent Readings, Performances and Productions:

  • A Reader's Place, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
  • The Bridge, Door County, Wisconsin
  • A Store Next Door, Galena, Illinois
  • Printer's Row, Chicago
  • Gormand Cafe, Chicago, 2001
  • Frye Museum, Seattle, WA., 2001, 2000
  • Seattle Barnes & Noble, 2000
  • Huckleberry Books, Vancouver, WA., 2000
  • Pelican Inn, Muir Beach, CA. 1998
  • Womanspace Center, 2001
  • Also featured solo poet at The Butterfly Tree (Sausalito, 1997), Ecola Square Books (Canon Beach, OR, 1997), The Deliberate Literate (Memphis, 1996), Harold Washington Library (Chicago, 1996 & 97), & the Peoria Public Library (Peoria, IL, 1996)

Recent Workshops:

  • Norteast Library, Young Author
    Womanspace Center, A River Runs
  • Writer-in-Residence, Midway Village, 2001
  • Poetry Salon, 1999 to 2001
  • Northern Illlinois Writer's Conference, 2000, 1998, 1996
  • Montana Writers Workshop, Flathead, 1999
  • Illinois Arts Council (Rockford) residencies, 2000, 1999, 1997
  • Illinois Weslyan, 1994
  • Young Author's Day, District 214, 1993 to 2001
  • Illinois & Rockford Artist in Education, various

Present Employment:

  • Instructor, National-Luis University, Masters Program

Preferred Audience:

  • Age 15 to 95 years old

Willing to travel:

  • yes

Other: flexible schedule, very available

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