Adam Swanson daylights as a suicide prevention policy advocate and lives as a writer, editor, and artist. His nonfiction work has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, Washington Post, The Rumpus, Khôra, Lambda Literary Review, and elsewhere. He’s received fellowships from the Creative Writing Program at Emerson College, Writing by Writers, and Lambda Literary. He’s won artist residencies from the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and Writing by Writers, respectively. A poem of his was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2022.
Adam is the senior state partnerships manager for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center at EDC. He’s also served on the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline’s Lived Experience Advisory Committee, and currently works as a coach for The College of Behavioral Health Leadership’s Equity-Grounded Leadership Fellow Program. Adam previously worked at the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, Mental Health America, and in Al Franken’s U.S. Senate office.
After studying sociology, women’s studies, and sexuality studies at Western Kentucky University, Adam earned a master’s degree in public policy at George Mason University. In 2018, he graduated from the LGBT Health Policy & Practice Graduate Certificate Program at George Washington University, where he won the AIDS Healthcare Foundation student award. Adam is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate in creative writing at Emerson College.