Kelley Swain


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

The Naked Muse is forthcoming with Valley Press (May 2016).

In 2016, Kelley will be one of three poets-in-residence at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History for a project about the Pre-Raphaelites, “Visions of Nature”.

Her poetry publications include the verse drama Opera di Cera (Valley Press, 2014,) the collection Atlantic (Cinnamon Press, 2014,) and her first book, Darwin’s Microscope (Flambard Press, 2009).

Kelley began writing for The Lancet in 2014, and now contributes regularly to both The Lancet and The Lancet Psychiatry.

Her debut novel, Double the Stars, an historical fiction about the life of astronomer Caroline Herschel, was published by Cinnamon Press in September 2014.

Kelley is editor of two poetry, science and art anthologies: Pocket Horizon (Valley Press, 2013,) which gave her the opportunity to work with poet Don Paterson; and the Whipple Museum’s first and only Art Book, The Rules of Form: Sonnets and Slide Rules.

To read about any of these books, go to the dedicated page, and for more information about each project’s development and launch, search the blog archives using the title of the book.

Kelley was born in Rhode Island in 1985, earned her BA in English and Creative Writing at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Virginia in 2007, studied at the Munson Institute for Maritime Studies in summer 2007, and earned her MSc in Medical Humanities at King’s College London in 2014.

She was Poet-in-Residence at the Whipple Museum of the History of Science in the Department of the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, from 2009 – 2012.

Due to her freelance work in Medical Humanities, Kelley was invited to develop Humanities in Global Health, a seminar series comprising part of the Global Health BSc at Imperial College London, which she taught from 2012 – 2014.

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