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Polly W. Swafford

Polly W. Swafford

Born: in St. Joseph Missouri, USA
Resides: Prairie Village, Kansas, USA
E-mail: pswafford1 (at) kc (dot) rr (dot) com

Polly W. Swafford began her writing career with St. Joseph News Press and later wrote for Fairchild Publications of New York City. Then she moved to new career teaching in Shawnee Mission School District in Kansas. In 1989, Swafford co-founded Potpourri, A Magazine of the Literary Arts, serving as Senior Editor.  In 1995 she also assumed the role of publisher for Potpourri Publications Company until retiring in December, 2003.  Presently Swafford enjoys the opportunity to pursue her own writing and is a member of the Haiku Society of America, Kansas City Writers’ Group, Missouri Writers’ Guild, National League of American Pen Women/ Kansas City-Westport Branch, and Warrensburg Writers’ Circle. Her works have been published in Acorn, Bogg, Frogpond, Horse & Rider, Kansas City Voices, Mid-America Poetry Review, Modern Haiku, Ozark Mountaineer, The Best Times, The Kansas City Star, The Same, Thorny Locust, and several anthologies.

Awards and Other Honors: First Prizes: Missouri Writer's Guild, National Association of American Pen Women, and By-Line Magazine.  The Writers Place Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Literary Community of Kansas City, Missouri, and the Women’s Federation, Inc. 2007 Celebration of Women Award.  She was a Fulbright Scholar in Brazil, a Kaizai Koho Fellow in Japan and recipient of the DAR’s National Award and Kansas State Award for Outstanding American History Teacher.

Books Published: Early Freeze [ISBN 1-59924-617-1] (Finishing Line Press, 2010).

Selected Work
the spider’s web
captures a fly
empty mailbox
rusty lock
on a knobless door…
iris in bloom
lily pads
my feet steady
on the swinging bridge
wobbly colt
nuzzles its mother
meadowlark sings
desert moon
owl’s eyes peer
from saquaro
first snowfall
one red mitten
under the swing

Credits: "the spider’s web" - Acorn 20 (2008); "lily pads" - Bogg 73/74 (2006); "desert moon" - A Travel-Worn Satchel: Haiku Society of America Members’ Anthology 2009 (Deep North Press, 2009); "rusty lock" - Modern Haiku 37:3 (2006); "wobbly colt" - The Pen Woman LXXXVII:5 (2009); "first snowfall" - Byline 316 (2007).

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