Dr. Swaim was keynote speaker for the Methodist Hospital Systems (some 300+ guests) on May 19, 2012
New Poetry Chapbook Published
Gary D. Swaim
Dr. Swaim will present two digital art exhibits
NOVEMBER - DECEMBER, 2012
-- Davis Foundry Gallery in the Bishop Arts District
La Cima Restaurant in the Williams Tower of Las Colinas
(watch for specific information)
Dr. Swaim won the 2011 Morris Memorial Chapbook Competition
for his recent collection of poems entitled
LIGHTED MATCHES and was also selected
as the 2011 Texas Senior Poet Laureate.
Dr. Swaim is currently the featured poet in Ardent!
published in Austin, TX.
Dr. Swaim's poems, "Orange Popsicle," "Colors," "Unspoken Thoughts," and "Furrowing" have been accepted for publication in The Mayo Review , a journal published by Texas A & M, Commerce (April, 2011).
THE NEW PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA OF IRVING
presented origninal musical compositions by
DR. FRANCIS OSENTOWSKI
with occasional Christmas lyrics by
Dr. Gary D. Swaim
for the holiday season (Irving Arts Center)
Swaim received the HONOR SCROLL AWARD in the 18th Annual National Senior Poets Laureate presentation--an occasion in which 1,052 entries (from among poets age 50 and over) were evaluated from 45 states and 3 foreign countries. Swaim was judged and accepted as #19 from among all entries.
Southern Methodist University
Master of Liberal Studies Program
Summer II 2012, Creating the Memoir
Fall 2012, Creativity: Historical and Personal
Creating the Short Story
Noah in My Bedroom, was performed at The Stone Cottage in Addison . Wonderfully well received, with extra seats brought in for one of the performances.
Gary Swaim now has, ready for production, a 15-20 minute comedy entitled Air, Earth, Fire, Water. A psychotherapist, a young female stripper, a burly Russian male, and a Spanish playboy encounter each other and explore the complexities of personal relationships. . .all in the context of great passion and great humor. Cultures collide comically.
Swaim's most recent full-length comedic drama, MORPHINE, was praised widely at a staged reading, to a full house, at the Dallas Hub Theater in Dallas, TX (June, 2009).
Comments from the Audience: "An impressive dissolve from reality to impressionism." "A magnet, pulling you in." "Different styles were a feast for the actors." "Reminded of Waiting for Godot.
Gary Swaim's short story, DISCOMFORT, has just been anthologized in DOTS ON THE MAP: A COLLECTION OF SMALL TOWN STORIES, published by MAIN STREET RAG (May, 2009). It is now available for purchase. Go to the Rag's webpage for an inexpensive but satisfying read.
Swaim's free-verse poem, "Andy's Apologia," was published in The Penwood Review, a California publication, February 2007 and yet another poem published by The Penwood Review in the Spring of 2008. Additionally, his poem entitled "Bossa Nova" was published by the University of Massachusetts' publication Chest, an international journal for thoracic surgeons, April, 2009. His short story "Discomfort" was published in an anthology, Main Street Rag, in North Carolina in May, 2009.
Swaim's play in one-act, Noah in My Bedroom, received high plaudits in a staged reading at the Dallas Hub Theater in Dallas, TX. It is now available for performance consideration. Additionally, his latest full-length drama, Villanelle, was given a highly-successful staged reading under the direction of award-winning director and playwright, Natalie Gaupp, at the Dallas Hub Theater in April. Current available for performance consideration. See synopses of both plays (and others) on this website.
Swaim's full-length drama, Two to Waken Him, based on the life and death of DIETRICH BONHOEFFER, was originally scheduled for production at the Dallas Biblical Arts Center, April, 2006. Owing to the ravaging fire there, that production is now scheduled for late spring or the early summer of 2010, upon the opening of the new Center. Watch this site for production rescheduling.
Most recently,Two to Waken Him, was presented as a Readers' Theatre performance at the Woodhaven Presbyterian Church in the Dallas area with great success, owing to his extraordinary Director and actors, most of whom have performed at major Dallas theatres.
NEW DIGITAL PAINTINGS