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Green Pears in Basket

[Poetry is] based in a craving to get … into the larger, wilder place of things as they are becoming”  “The Poet as Anti-Specialist” 

Swenson House Reimagined

Swenson House Sketch

Soon a new campus events space will stand on the site where award-winning poet May Swenson’s house once stood. The exterior of the new Swenson House will pay homage to the history and original architectural design of the classic bungalow where Swenson wrote her first poems, while the reimagined light-filled interior will include a specialty café, reading nooks, and an events space where audiences can enjoy a variety of public programing, including readings led by creative writers, book discussions by scholars in the humanities, and music by local artists. The Swenson House will honor the legacy of May and her family while also fostering a new generation of writers, thinkers, and artists.

Permissions for all architectural images
on CHaSS Swenson House site courtesy of
Method Studio Inc. 

Ready to Get Involved?

Join us in honoring the legacy of May Swenson as we re-develop the site of her original childhood home to create a gathering place that will enhance the creative arts and build bridges.

May Swenson on Front Porch

-May Swenson at Family Home in the 1940s
 Permissions for all family photos on
CHaSS Swenson House site courtesy of
The Literary Estate of May Swenson