Department of English at Illinois State University

Alumnae Visit with English Studies Students

Department of English alumnae Susan Swartwout and Edward Domain presented talks over as part of ISU's Homecoming week activities.

Dr. Susan Swartwout is a faculty member at Southeast Missouri State University and the creator and editor of the interdisciplinary creative journal, Big Muddy. She is the author of the poetry collection, Freaks and Uncommon Ground and co-editor of Real Things: Anthology of Popular Culture in American Poetry and A Student’s Guide to Getting Published. Her poems and short stories have appeared in Nebraska Review, The Laurel Review, River Styx, Negative Capability, Mississippi Review, and Spoon River, among others. She is a recipient of the Rona Jaffe Writer’s Foundation award, the Dillinger Good award and a St. Louis Poetry Center award. Swartwout has also worked for, Dalkey Archive Press, and Fiction Collective 2. 

Edward Domain, who received his BA in English Studies in 2000, is the founder of Flyover Geeks, a Chicago-based web company specializing in news coverage of the Midwest tech scene. Domain is an entrepreneur, early adopter, Army veteran, writer and lover of good burgers. He founded, grew, and successfully exited his own startup, TroopSpace, and has worked in sales, an ad agency, a number of startups in and out of Silicon Valley, and loves San Francisco even if he only lived there a short time (and loves Chicago even more!)

In addition to their formal presentations, Dr. Swartwout and Mr. Domain met informally with students to share their expertise about opportunities in the English Studies field, the job market, and answered questions about their own accomplishments.

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