“I knew Alison would be a good speaker, but I had no idea she was going to be one of the best Critical Issues Symposium sessions I have ever attended in the history of Hope College. She engaged the audience beautifully. And she is so engaging because she can articulate and share her deepest feelings so well.”—Priscilla Atkins, Hope College Librarian

N O T E: This page will be updated soon. Upcoming events on June 22 at the ASLE conference in Detroit,  July 24 at Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, August 7 at the Leland Township Library, in Leland, Michigan, and August 12 at the District Library, in Petoskey, Michigan.

Contact Alison Swan about scheduling an event

Monday, March 27, 2017, 7 pm, Ann Arbor, Michigan:

E c o B o o k C l u b: Discussion of Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman: Conservation Heroes of the American Heartland by Aldo Miriam Horn, led by Alison Swan
Literati Bookstore
124 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, Michigan

From the book jacket: “Many of the men and women doing today’s most consequential environmental work–restoring America’s grasslands, wildlife, rivers, wetlands, and oceans–would not call themselves environmentalists; they would be uneasy with the connotations of that word. What drives them is their deep love of the land.” Recommended by one of Eco Book Club’s regulars, Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman is a perfect followup to A Sand County Almanac. Eco Book Club is free and open to the public, and, by the way, there’s never any pressure to have read the book, ‘though we love it when you do. We meet every other month at Literati, upstairs. Note that you’ll get a 15% discount if you mention that you’re buying the book for the book club. We alternate between meeting on Monday and Tuesday, every other month. Sorry if it seems convoluted; we’re working around other monthly meetings and Alison’s teaching schedule!  Contact Literati for more information.

Monday, April 10, 2017, 6:30 pm, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan:

The Michigan Poet anthology party. Many contributors, including Alison Swan, will read their poems.
Mt. Pleasant Unitarian Universalist Church
319 S. University Ave., Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
Live music afterward by Daryl & the Beans. Catering by Max & Emily’s. My thanks to The Michigan Poet editors Foster Neill and Jon Taylor who publish beautiful broadsides funded with their own money–and now this anthology. You can donate (and get a copy of the anthology) via their Facebook page.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 6:30 pm, Kalamazoo, Michigan:

Immigration & Justice For Our Neighbors book release partyReading and book signing, with many contributors to the new collection, including Alison Swan.
Arcus Center
217 Monroe St., Kalamazoo, Michigan
My thanks to editors Jennifer Clark and Miriam Downey for whom this project–a collection of poetry and prose which pushes back against today’s anti-immigrant voices–has been a labor of love.

Friday, April 21, 2017, 7:00 pm, Ann Arbor, Michigan:

National Poetry Month Celebration. Join Raymond McDaniel, Keith Taylor, Alison Swan, Monica Rico, Marlin M. Jenkins, and Z.G. Tomaszewski, as we read poems–our own and those by poets who have inspired us.
Literati Bookstore
124 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, Michigan
My thanks to everyone at Literati Bookstore, a place committed to books and the people who read and write them.