Cole Swensen

Cole Swensen, Department Chair and Professor of Literary Arts

Office Location:
Room 209, 68 1/2 Brown St.
Phone: (401) 863-6426


Fall 2017 course:  

LITR 0710, Sec. 1 – Writers on Writing Seminar

Spring 2018 course:
LITR2010B.s01 - Graduate Poetry

Cole Swensen is the author of fifteen volumes of poetry, most recently Landscapes on a Train (Nightboat Books, 2015) and Gravesend (U. of California Press, 1912), and a volume of essays, Noise That Stays Noise (U. of Michigan Press, 2011). She is the co-editor of the 2009 Norton anthology American Hybrid, the founding editor of La Presse Books (, which specializes in contemporary experimental French writing translated by English-language poets, and a translator of contemporary French poetry, prose, and art criticism. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PEN USA Award for Literary Translation, the Iowa Poetry Prize, and the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award, among others. A finalist twice for the Los Angeles Times Book Award and once for the National Book Award, she’s been writer-in-residence at Yale’s Beinecke Library, the Pratt Institute, Temple University, and various other places and taught at the University of Denver and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop before coming  to Brown.

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