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Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Karen Swenson, a Poet, Journalist and World Traveler, at Centenary Nov. 15-19

SHREVEPORT, LA -- Karen Swenson, a professional journalist, poet, and world traveler will visit the campus of Centenary College as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Nov. 15 - 19.

For a week of informal discussions and presentations, as well as career counseling, Swenson will share her writing expertise with the Centenary community.

Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows include cabinet level officers, corporate executives, newspaper editors and other professionals who are recruited for their abilities to listen as well as to articulate ideas. They are matched with liberal arts colleges--such as Centenary--chosen for their commitment to the goals of the program. Together they attempt to equip students for the social, political, and economic environment they will be entering.

A poet and professional journalist, Swenson is the author most recently of A Daughter's Latitude: New and Selected Poems, published by Copper Canyon Press earlier this year. Its content ranges over three decades of poems published in four separate volumes, including The Landlady in Bangkok, the 1993 National Poetry Series winner. Her poems have appeared in such national periodicals as The Nation, The New Yorker, Paris Review, and Poetry.

A world traveler, Swenson has made Southeast Asia her journalistic "beat." Her numerous articles on travel in Thailand, China, and Tibet, which she visits annually, appear frequently in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Swenson was educated at Barnard College and New York University. She has taught creative writing at numerous colleges and universities throughout the U.S., including the University of Alaska, the City College of New York, Scripps College, the University of Idaho, and the University of Denver. She lives in New York City.

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has developed and conducted programs in higher education since 1945. Nearly 200 colleges have participated in the Visiting Fellows program since 1973.

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