Karen Swensen

Karen Swenson has lectured at Columbia University’s School of Journalism and has taught creative writing at the City College of the City of New York, Fordham College Lincoln Center, and Scripps College. She is presently teaching at Barnard College. She has been a Poet-in-the-Schools throughout the Midwest and Poet-in-Residence at the University of Denver, the University of Idaho, Skidmore College, Clark University, Central College in Iowa, and Weber State in Utah. Ms. Swenson’s most recent works include A Daughter’s Latitude; A Sense of Direction; East-West; and An Attic of Ideals. Her poems have been published in The Yale Review, Commonwealth, and Poetry London. She has published travel articles on Asia in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize several times, and her book, The Landlady in Bangkok, won the National Poetry Series Award. She was recently selected to be a Fulbright Senior Specialist. She has been to Tibet seven times.

The Landlady In Bangkok

Selected by Maxine Kumin
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