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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 Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Invisible String
ISBN: 0942582160

Erie st Pr. 1990

18 poems

Bread Upon the Waters

Windfall Phophets Press. 1990

Delightful Poems.

Slow Miracle
ISBN: 999812929X

Lake Shore Pub. 1992

The Tenderness of Memory: New and Selected Poems
ISBN: 0911051783

Plain View Pr. 1995

Book by Swanberg, Christine

The Red Lacquer Room: Poetry
ISBN: 0943795451

Chiron Review Press. 2001

Poems.86 pages.

Who Walks Among the Trees with Charity
ISBN: 1893239357

Wind Publications. 2005

A collection of poems. Author Chris Swanberg lives in Rockford Illinois. She founded the Black Earth Wordfest and Rock River Poetry Prize.

The Alleluia Tree
ISBN: 0981975623

The Puddin'head Press. 2012

A new book of new and selected poems from the authors long history of publishing. Some of the "favorites" from other books are inclued in this volume plus poems that were written recently.


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 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