Kelley Swain is a poet, writer, and educator living in London, England.

  • Double the Stars: The Life and Adventures of Miss Caroline Herschel: debut novel. Cinnamon Press, September 2014.
  • Atlantic: Poetry collection, Cinnamon Press, May 2014.
  • Opera di Cera: Verse drama, Valley Press, February 2014.
  • Pocket Horizon: (Editor.) Anthology of artwork & poems about objects from the Whipple Museum & Wellcome Collection; introduced by Don Paterson. Valley Press, 2013.
  • The Rules of Form: Sonnets and Slide Rules: (Editor.) Poems, art, and essays on the mathematical instrument collection at the Whipple. Whipple Museum, 2012.
  • ‘Women, Astronomy, and Greenwich,’ pamphlet published by the Royal Society & the Royal Observatory Greenwich, 2010.
  • Darwin’s Microscope: Debut poetry collection, Flambard Press, 2009.
Signing Darwin's Microscope
Signing Darwin’s Microscope


  • Course coordinator and lecturer in Humanities in Global Health for Imperial College London’s Global Health BSc.
  • Poet-in-Residence at the Whipple Museum of the History of Science, Department of the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, from 2009 – 2012.
  • Fellow of the Linnean Society of London.
  • Further publications, reviews, etc on CV page of this website.

Kelley was born during a blizzard in Westerly, RI, in 1985. In 2007 she graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Virginia with an honours degree in English with a focus in Creative Writing and a minor in Environmental Studies. As well as majoring in English, in her final year she was able to study biology, evolution, animal behaviour, zoology, and geology. She went on to complete the Munson Institute for Maritime Studies summer graduate programme at the Mystic Seaport (CT) in the summer of 2007, where she focused on the history of cetology. She moved to London in late summer 2007 and has decided to stay, despite the weather.