Dane Swan


Dane Swan is a Bermuda raised, Toronto based, internationally published poet, writer, and musician. His first collection, Bending the Continuum was launched by Guernica Editions in the Spring of 2011. The collection was a recommended mid summer read by Open Book Toronto. In 2013 Dane was short listed for the Monica Ladell Award for his poem "Stopwatch."

Dane is slated to be the February 2014 poet-in-residence for OpenBookToronto.com. In the Fall of 2015 Guernica Editions will be launching his second collection of poetry, "A Mingus Lullaby." Dane is also shopping a novella to various publishers.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
When I was 5 I wrote a short story for school. I think it was homework for our Christmas vacation. Everyone else in my class wrote a brief, ten line story -- what the teacher expected. I wrote a thirty page adventure about a kite travelling across Europe searching for home.

The best part? I had not figured out right and left yet so by accident I hand-wrote the whole story right- to-left! My poor teacher, Mrs. Davis needed to read my story using a mirror!
What is your writing process?
It depends whether I'm writing prose or poetry. With poetry I write brief notes on scraps of paper, notebooks, my cell phone, etc. Gather them up when I'm ready and piece it all together. With prose I try to be as structured as possible-- in a notepad I'll plan the direction for each chapter, details about each character that I may (or may not) share with the reader, etc.

For both I try to use a level of research to support my inspiration.
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Where to find Dane Swan online

Where to buy in print


"L _ _ _" A poetic study of relationships
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 19,060. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Dane Swan -- the poet who created the collection, "Bending the Continuum," for Guernica Editions in 2011 -- presents an anthology of poetry inspired by relationships. Page poets, slam poets, event coordinators, and rappers were invited to participate via social media. The result? A powerful collection that travels from Gothic to urban verse, experimental work and everything in between.

Dane Swan's tag cloud

loss    loss and acceptance    love    poetry    relationships