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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Christine Swanberg  

Pen Name: Christine Rinaldi Swanberg


Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: 1949 in Rockford, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Swanberg was born in and still resides in Rockford, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Swanberg is an award winning author and teacher. She has published several books of poetry and has been a teacher for over 30 years, mentoring both young and adult writers. She 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. Her poetry and essays are included in many anthologies such as ''Women on Poetry'', ''Writing after Retirement'', ''Garden Blessings'', ''Gratitude Prayers'', ''I am Becoming the Woman I've Wanted'', ''Still Going Strong'' and ''Back to Joy''. Swangerg 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 the Illinois Center for the Book's Illinois Emerging Writers Competition.

Published Works

  • Tonight on This Late Road, Erie Street Press, 1984
  • Invisible String, Erie Street Press, 1990
  • Slow Miracle, Lake Shore Publishing, 1992
  • The Tenderness of Memory, Plainview Press, 1995
  • The Red Lacquer Room, Chiron Press, 2001
  • Who Walks Among the Trees With Charity, Wind Publications, 2005
  • The Alleluia Tree, Puddin'head Press, 2012

Selected Titles At Your Library

Invisible string /
ISBN: 0942582160. OCLC Number:

Erie Street Press :. Oak Park, IL :. ©1990.

The tenderness of memory :
ISBN: 0911051783. OCLC Number:

Plain View Press,. Austin, TX :. ©1994.

The red lacquer room :
ISBN: 0943795451. OCLC Number:

Chiron Review Press,. St. John, Kan. :. 2001.

Who walks among the trees with charity /
ISBN: 1893239357. OCLC Number:

Wind Publications,. Nicholasville, KY :. ©2005.

The Alleluia tree :
ISBN: 0981975623. OCLC Number:

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Featured reading at Seattles Frye Museum through Poetswest First and second place in Peninsula Pulse First place in Midwest Poetry Review Second place in Nit and Wit Connor Award for Fiction from Northern Illinois University Womanspirit Award from Womanspace YWCA Leader Luncheon Award for the Arts

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Christine is available for readings, workshops, and talks. You can contact her via email at