Black Lawrence Press
RUSSEL SWENSEN currently teaches at Prairie View A&M University.  He earned his MFA in fiction from the California Institute of the Arts and his doctorate in poetry from the University of Houston.  His fiction and poetry have appeared in Black Clock, Quarterly West, Prick of the Spindle, The Collagist, and elsewhere.  In 2009 he was the recipient of the American Academy of Poets/Brazos Award. His poetry chapbook, Santa Ana, was a finalist for the 2010 Gold Line Chapbook Contest and is the winner of the Spring 2011 Black River Chapbook Contest. He is currently at work on a book titled The Magic Kingdom.  He lives in Houston with his rat terrier, Zulu.

Contemporary Literature & Non-Fiction
ISBN 978-1-937854-22-5     $9.00
"If you want a guidebook to the psychic underlife of L.A.—which is to say, a map of
one alluring and deadly version of this American hour, and of the probable city of the future—Russel Swenson's your man. Santa Ana is formally alert, tingling with feeling, numb in the ways we are, unpredictable and alive: a troubling, slippery, pretty much perfect little book."
                        —Mark Doty