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Bethany Swann


I am a creative writer, artistic collaborator, and doctoral candidate in the English department at the University of Pennsylvania. This year, I am co-leading the AmLit graduate working group. I also serve as a Fellow in Inclusive & Equitable Teaching at the Center for Teaching and Learning, where I hold a Certificate in College and University Teaching. 

My dissertation project is situated at the convergence of the fields of Asian diasporic studies and contemporary poetry and poetics. I ask how psychoanalytic forms of dissociation are evident across a critical archive of poetry that reimagines lyric relation and identity, and in so doing, torques the self and subject surmised through the composite of the see(th)ing, sensing lyric eye. 

Before coming to Penn, I worked as the content strategist and brand voice of a professional development company. I have experience teaching literature, technical writing, creative writing, and first-year composition courses at Quinnipiac University, Central Connecticut State University, Roger Williams University, and others. 


M.Div - Yale University, Yale Institute of Sacred Music

MFA - Indiana University 



Courses Taught

spring 2023

ENGL 4980.301 Lyric Wreckage and the Climate Crisis canceled  

fall 2020

ENGL 072.404 Asian-American Literature