Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor recently read Professor Emeritus David Swanger's poem, "Patriarch at the Beach," on National Public Radio's Writers' Almanac program. The poem is from Swanger's latest book, Wayne's College of Beauty, which won the 2005 John Ciardi Prize for Poetry from MkBk Press.
Produced by Prairie Home Productions and presented by American Public Media, the Writers' Almanac is broadcast daily, nationwide on NPR. Another of Swanger's poems, "My Daughter's Morning," also from Wayne's College of Beauty, will be featured on the September 23 edition of the program.
Prior to his retirement in 2005, Swanger was a professor of education and creative writing at UCSC, teaching educational philosophy for the Education Department and poetry classes for the Literature Department.