Brian Swann was educated at Queens’ College, Cambridge (B.A., M.A.), graduating as Foundation Scholar with a Double First in the English Tripos and rowing for college and university. He was awarded his Ph.D. from Princeton, where he was a Princeton National Fellow. He taught there and at Rutgers. He was also director of the Bennington Writing Workshops. He is the author of a number of books of poetry, fiction, children’s books and poetry in translation. He has published in hundreds of academic and literary journals from English Literary History, Nineteenth Century Fiction, Novel, and Criticism to The New Yorker, Paris Review, New Republic, American Scholar and Poetry.
His books include Autumn Road (poetry, Ohio State University Press), In Late Light (poetry, Johns Hopkins University Press), St.Francis and the Flies, (poetry,Autumn House Press), Companions, Analogies (Sheep Meadow Press), Selected Poems (forthcoming, Sheep Meadow Press);The Plot of the Mice (fiction, Capra Press), Dogs on the Roof (fiction, MadHat Press), Not the Real Marilyn Monroe (fiction, MadHat Press); Collected Poems of Primo Levi, (tr., Faber and Faber), Selected Poetry of Andrea Zanzotto (tr., Princeton University Press), Selected Poems of Lucio Piccolo (tr. Princeton University Press), The Dawn in Always New: Selected Poetry of Rocco Scotellaro (tr., Princeton University Press); On the Translation of Native American Literatures ( ed.,Smithsonian Institution Press), Coming to Light: Contemporary Translations of the Native Literatures of North America (ed., Random House), Song of the Sky: Versions of Native American Song-Poems (University of Massachusetts Press), Wearing the Morning Star: Versions of Native American Song-Poems (Random House), Voices from Four Directions: Contemporary Translations of the Native Literatures of North America, (ed., University of Nebraska Press), Algonquian Spirit: Translations of the Algonquian Literatures of North America, (ed., University of Nebraska Press), Sky Loom: Native American Myth, Story, Song (ed., University of Nebraska Press).
He has won a number of awards, prizes and fellowships. He was founder and series editor of “The Smithsonian Series of Studies in Native American Literatures,” as well as founder and series editor of the University of Nebraska Press “Native Literatures of the Americas.”