Patrick Swaney, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, English / Director, Humanities Collaborative / Writer-in-Residence

Hedrick Building
  • Ph.D., Ohio University
  • M.F.A., University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • M.A., University of Colorado
  • B.A. University of Michigan 

Dr. Patrick Swaney came to Catawba College in 2017 from Ohio University where he earned his Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing and served for one year as a Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow. He specializes in poetry and twentieth century American literature and teaches courses in creative writing, literature, and composition. He has edited and worked for multiple literary journals, including New Ohio Review and Ecotone. In his creative and critical writing, he is interested in poetic strategies that acknowledge and negotiate the gap between the world of the poem and the world of lived events. His poetry has appeared in journals such as Asheville Poetry Review, Conduit, and The Southeast Review