Alison Swan

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Alison Swan
Faculty Specialist I of Environment and Sustainability
(269) 387-2713
3936 Wood Hall, Mail Stop 5419
Mailing address: 
Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5419 USA
  • M.F.A., Creative Writing, The University of Michigan, 1991
  • B.A., English Literature, Michigan State University, 1984
Teaching interests: 
  • Investigating the locus of literary imagination and environmental awareness, especially as it engenders and sustains literary and environmental engagement
  • Courses taught: ENVS 3200 - Major Environmental Writings, ENVS 3300 - Climate Change and the Literary Arts

Alison Swan's poems and environmental writing have appeared in many publications, including her books “A Fine Canopy: Poems,” "Before the Snow Moon,” and “Dog Heart," and the recent anthologies “Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology,” “Elemental: A Collection of Michigan Creative Nonfiction,” “Here: Women Writing on the Upper Peninsula,” and “Poetry in Michigan/Michigan in Poetry.” Her book "Fresh Water: Women Writing on the Great Lakes" is a Michigan Notable Book. Her other awards include a Mesa Refuge Fellowship and the Michigan Environmental Council's Petoskey Prize for Grassroots Environmental Leadership which she shared with David Swan for their ongoing work to protect and preserve the Saugatuck Dunes at the mouth of the Kalamazoo River.