Kelley Swain


Photo credit: Scott Billings, OUMNH



Kelley is a writer, educator, and critic.

Click here for the latest on The Naked Muse, out now.

Kelley is a poet-in-residence at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History for
“Visions of Nature”, running throughout 2016, and is fully resident for October.
Here, she reads two of her poems, inspired by behind-the-scenes research with the Earth Sciences team.

She’s honoured to be part of opening the new Health Humanities Laboratory at Duke University this November, where she will be an artist-in-residence for two weeks.

She will also enjoy a two-week residency at the prestigious artist community, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, in November.

Kelley’s poetry publications include:
Opera di Cera (Valley Press, 2014,)
Atlantic (Cinnamon Press, 2014,) and
Darwin’s Microscope (Flambard Press, 2009).

Kelley contributes regularly to the blue section (reviews & humanities topics) of The Lancet journals, such as The Lancet weekly, The Lancet Oncology and The Lancet Psychiatry.

Her novel Double the Stars, about 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 book title.

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.

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.

Kelley is based in London. She 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 2015.

4 thoughts on “Kelley Swain

  1. Kelley, I just want to say how much I enjoyed your contribution to Start the Week, in fact the whole programme was fascinating, passionate and thought-provoking. Best Wishes,

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