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									Mary SwanderMary Swander
A Distinguished Professor of English at Iowa State University, Mary Swander has written several poems, essays, and books, none more profoundly stirring than her personal account of healing after a car accident, The Desert Pilgrim.

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Fact File

Name:
Mary Swander
Current Home:
Ames, Iowa
Date of Birth:
November 5, 1959
Place of Birth:
Carroll, Iowa
Education:
B.A., Iowa State University, 1973; M.F.A., Iowa Writers' Workshop, 1976
Awards:
The Nation-Discovery Award, 1975; The Whiting Award, 1995





Barnes & Noble Discovers Great New Writers

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								Desert Pilgrim: En Route to Mysticism and Miracles, Author: 
								Mary Swander.

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Desert Pilgrim: En Route to Mysticism and Miracles
by Mary Swander
The stirring chronicle of Swander's healing and spiritual reawakening after a debilitating car accident caught the eye of the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers program. Our editors declare, "With this poetic look at pain, acceptance, faith, and the unknown, Mary Swander has given readers a real gift."



Inspirational Anecdote

In our exclusive interview with Swander, we asked her about her early experiences trying to make it as a writer. "During my first writing workshop I had the honors receiving the most votes for the worst' poem on the worksheet. By the end of the semester I was publishing in small literary magazines."



Favorite Writers and Reads

Swander's Reading Recommendations

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								The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Barnes & Noble Classics Series), Author: 
								Mark Twain, Robert O'Meally (intro.).

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
by Mark Twain, Robert O'Meally (intro.)
Swander told us that Twain's Huckleberry Finn is a lifelong favorite book: "I loved the characters, the dialogue, and the fact that the setting was familiar to me -- the Mississippi River," she reflects. "I realized at a young age that the writer was a midwesterner and that you could write out of your own sense of place."

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								The Pond Lovers, Author: 
								Gene Logsdon.

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The Pond Lovers
by Gene Logsdon
We asked Swander to tell us about some of her favorite reads. She put The Pond Lovers on her list, calling it "a book to read on a lazy summer day watching the ducks float around in the farm pond." Read on to learn more about Swander's reading recommendations, including:

*Virgin Time  by Patricia Hampl
*The Canterbury Tales  by Geoffrey Chaucer
*Pale Horse, Pale Rider  by Katherine Anne Porter
*The Toughest Indian in the World  by Sherman Alexie
*See all of Swander's favorites