Elisabeth Commanday Swim
California native Elisabeth Commanday Swim has survived natural and human-made disasters on three coasts and two continents. She moved to Houston in 2008 to be editor of Houston Grand Opera's Opera Cues after earning an M.A. in music from Hunter College and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Swarthmore College. Her poems are live in care of Defunkt, Thimble, Thin Air and The Local Train magazines as well as Intercultural Press Rebels and High Shelf Press. She made her solo-feature poetry debut last year at Galveston’s Coast2Soul. She has also appeared with the Gentle Hour salon series, and with Words and Art Houston at the Contemporary Arts Museum and the Menil Collection. She published previously under the name Eliza Swan and she is a therapeutic in-home music teacher. She is online at swanwrites.org and on Instagram @swanwrites.