Christine Swanberg


Who Walks Among the Trees With Charity is available from your local bookstore, from on-line vendors such as Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or from the publisher.
Chris's Calendar   
April 30 -- Literary Night, Discussion, Fundraiser, Rockford Public Library   
June 16 -- Connecting with Nature, Workshop, Severson Dells Nature Center, IL   
June 21-26 -- Anthology celebration, Red Tent events and readings, Womanspace, Rockford, IL   
September 17-24 -- Centrum Center for the Arts, Residency, Reading, Community Outreach, Port Townsend, WA   
October 23-29 -- The Process of Writing, Workshop, The Clearing Folk School, Ellison Bay, WI
November 2 -- Kanakakee Community College, workshop and reading (TBA)  

See the interview with Christine in Poet's Market, 2008, pages 236-241.

Wind Publications
600 Overbrook Dr
Nicholasville, KY 40356

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Christine Swanberg has published several books of poetry: Tonight on This Late Road (Erie St., 1984). Invisible String (Erie St., 1990), Bread Upon the Waters (UW:Whitewater, 1990), Slow Miracle (Lake Shore, 1992), The Tenderness of Memory (Plainview Press, 1995), The Red Lacquer Room (Chiron Press, 2001) and Who Walks Among the Trees with Charity (Wind, 2005). Her work appears in anthologies such as Knowing Stones, Poems of Exotic Travel, I am Becoming the Woman I've Wanted, Jane's Stories, Key West: An Anthology, Pride and Joy, and the forthcoming Still Going Strong.

Swanberg has been an active poet for nearly three decades and has published hundreds of poems in journals such as The Beloit Poetry Journal, Spoon River Quaarterly, Amelia, Chiron, Kansas Quarterly, Creative Woman, Earth's Daughters, Mid-America Review, Powatan Review, Midnight Mind, Sow's Ear, Wind, and others. 

Swanberg's awards include a featured reading at Seattle’s Frye Museum through Poetswest, first and second place in Peninsula Pulse, first place in Midwest Poetry Review, second place in Nit and Wit, the Connor Award for Fiction from Northern Illinois University, the YWCA Leader Luncheon Award for the Arts, and the Womanspirit Award from Womanspace. She received a merit scholarship to attend the post-graduate seminar at Vermont College, where she worked with the late Lynda Hull.  In addition, several of her poems were selected by the Poetry Center of Chicago for a juried readings. 
She has edited Korone; Confluence: A Legacy of Rock River Valley; Land Connections: Writers of North Central Illinois, and is currently guest editor for Moon Journal. She founded the  Rock River Poetry Contest and has judged many contests including  Pen Women and Illinois Emerging Writers. She has been a teacher for over thirty years and has mentored young and adult writers. Recently she taught in the Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies at National-Louis University, and  was  poet in residence for Midway Village. From 1995-1998, Swanberg was a regular reader and workshop leader at the Women's Way Festival in Austin, Texas.   Along with poetry, her passions include singing with Womansong Chorale and Mendelssohn Chorale;  gardening; swimming; and traveling with Jeffrey, her co-adventurer and husband of 33 years, with whom she has seen much of the world. She  strives to lead a somewhat simple life, true to the values of peace and justice. The Swanbergs open their home and guest room to guests of Rockford Urban Ministries and various writers who are visiting the area.

Available for reading, workshops, and other presentations 

Now retired from teaching, Christine is available for readings, workshops, and talks. She has given workshops at the Flathead Writers’ Conference in Montana, A River Runs Through Us in Northern Illinois, Illinois Weslyan Conference in Bloomington, Illinois, the McHenry Writers’ Conference, and numerous word festivals and conferences in Seattle, Oregon, Wisconsin, and Illinois. She has given readings at colleges, in bookstores, coffee houses, and libraries throughout the United States and can be reached by e-mail at

Jeff and Chris Swanberg have an in-house studio, The Prints and Poet Studio, where poetry and art gatherings sometimes happen. For more information, email