We have determined that the Cooper Union's academic buildings are safe to open this morning, March 27. We are now exchanging fresh air in the buildings to address a residual odor of smoke. We will delay opening until 10 a.m. Any classes scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. and go beyond 10 a.m. should plan to meet in their regularly assigned classrooms at 10 a.m.

Brian Swann


Brian Swann was educated at Queens' College, Cambridge (B.A., M.A.) and Princeton (Ph.D.). He is author of a number of books of poetry, fiction, children's books and poetry in translation. He has published in hundreds of journals from The New Yorker and Paris Review to Partisan Review and New Republic, and has also edited books and journals and published many essays. His books include Autumn Road (poetry, Ohio State University Press), The Plot of the Mice (fiction, Capra Press), tr., Collected Poems of Primo Levi (Faber and Faber), Coming to Light: Contemporary Translations of the Native Literatures of North America (Random House), Wearing the Morning Star: Versions of Native American Song-Poems (Random House), Voices from Four Directions: Contemporary Translations of Native Literatures of North America (University of Nebraska Press), and Algonquian Spirit: Contemporary Translations of the Algonquin Literatures of North America (University of Nebraska Press). IN LINE, his 8th collection of poetry, has been accepted for publication by the Johns Hopkins University Press. SKY LOOM: NATIVE AMERICAN MYTH, STORY, SONG, (a selection from previous books Swann has edited on Native American literature), has been accepted for publication by the University of Nebraska Press.

Recent books:
Autumn Road
Snow House
Coming to Light: ContemporaryTranslations of the Native Literatures of North America
Algonquian Spirit: Contemporary Translations of the Algonquian Literatures of North America

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