Oct. 14-15, 2018 James River Writers Conference in Richmond, VA. I’m looking forward to moderating two panels, each with amazing writers! “Stop Shortchanging Short Stories” features Melanie Bishop, Lina Maria Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas, and Virginia Pye . “From the Page to the Screen” features Clay McLeod Chapman, Rebekah L. Pierce, Laurie Gwen Shapiro, and Brian Weakland.


April 20, 2018 RVA Lit Crawl, “What the Heck is Nonfiction, Anyway?” panel with Ellen F. Brown, Kristen Green, and Emilie Raymond at Chop Suey Books  7:30-8:30 pm


Oct. 20-21, 2017 Panelist for “Faith, Politics, and Environmental Racism, 21st Century Solutions” Forum at Virginia Union University; forum begins at 10:00 a.m.


Sept. 19, 2017 Public Talk “The Misunderstood Bible Project” Virginia Foundation for the Humanities fellows talks series, noon-1:00pm in the conference room.


Feature Review: God of Earth. “Stunningly beautiful,” and “with a good deal of humor” “Swenson suggests a subtle shift [concerning the Incarnation]… that reverberates through the entire tradition” – Englewood Review of Books _______________________________________________________

March 26, 2017 1:00 UVA Bookstore Virginia Festival of the Book panelist “Religion in America: Seeking Meaning with or without Faith


Jan. 6, 2017 “Epiphany’s Choice: To Honor in Reverence, or To Kill in Fear?” on Killing the Buddha


Dec. 25, 2016 Christmas morning 10 a.m. Home Grown podcast listen live !


Dec. 16, 2016 “Charlottesville Reading Series” at The Bridge, 7-8:30 pm.


Dec. 11, 2016 “Books and Beer Holiday Brew Ho-Ho!”2-5 pm at Hardywood Brewery in Richmond, VA; sponsored by Chop Suey


Dec. 11, 2016 Preaching and adult forum at Grace Church Red Hill near Charlottesville, VA.


Nov. 2, 2016 Book talk and reading for Writer House Literary Salon, (Charlottesville VA)


Oct. 25, 2016 (Tues) 6-7 pm God of Earth book talk at Chop Suey Tuey in Richmond, VA


Oct. 19, 2016 release date for God of Earth: Discovering a Radically Ecological Christianity (Westminster John Knox Press)


My screenplay “Tell Mister Lincoln” about the remarkable Harriet Tubman advanced to the second round in the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Competition and won the Virginia Screenwriting Competition (2015)


Oct. 28 – Nov. 2, 2015  Austin Film Festival “the writers’ festival”(Austin, TX)


Oct. 17, 2015 Having judged the nonfiction contest, I look forward to attending the Library of Virginia’s annual literary awards (Richmond, VA)


Oct. 16-17, 2015 James River Writers annual writing conference (Richmond, VA)


Sept. 16, 2015  New York Women in Film and Television workshop (New York, NY)


August 26, 2015  I’m looking forward to attending the James River Writers “Writing Show” (Richmond, VA)


July 15, 2015 Attending public panels at the Virginia Quarterly Review’s second annual writing conference (Charlottesville, VA Boars’ Head Inn)


December 7, 2014 Moderating a conversation with Andrew D. Kaufman, author of Give War and Peace a Chance: Tolstoyan Wisdom for Troubled Times (Writer House in Cville, 2-4 pm, open to the public)


December 6, 2014 Participating in an Advent poetry retreat with Lisa Russ Spaar at Grace Church in North Garden, VA


October 28, 2014  Speaker for the Gustavus Library Associates’ Author Day in Edina, MN. A lovely honor!


October 17-19, 2014 Attending the James River Writers’ writing conference in Richmond, VA.


Sept. 18, 2014 I’ll be signing copies of BIBLE BABEL at The Sycamore Tree shop in Charlottesville, VA (6:00-7:30 pm)


September 12-13, 2014 Attending the Kentucky Women Writers Conference. … Er, though I am still not from Kentucky…


August 7-10, 2014  Participating in the first annual Virginia Quarterly Review writers’ conference. Charlottesville, VA


July 27, 2014 Attending Writer House literary salon with writer Josh Weil (Charlottesville, VA)


April 12, 2014 My interview with the delightful, curious, and ever-so wise Sarah McConnell on the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities’ “With Good Reason” radio program is still available here.


April 10 – 30, 2014 (Santa Fe, NM) I’m thrilled to have been awarded a residency fellowship to work on the second novel in my trilogy of ancient Persia among amazing women artists and intellectuals at the Women’s International Study Center. It looks like a beautiful place and a wonderful community. Can’t wait!~


February 26 – March 2, 2014 (Seattle, WA) for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). I am excited to discuss “Books on Books” on a panel with Andrea Pitzer, Colin Dickey, Ellen F. Brown, and Brook Wilensky-Lanford.


Short story award finalist to be anthologized Is that a word — “anthologized”? Anyway, I’m thrilled that “The Flood,” a lark-ish riff on that, yes capitalized, biblical Flood (and told by Noah’s wife) is an award finalist and will appear in an anthology published by Scribes Valley.


Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 (Baltimore, MD) For the Society of Biblical Literature’s annual meeting, a panel to discuss “Sacred Texts and Public Life” with Kent Richards, former Executive Director of SBL and visionary behind the “sacred texts and public life” program; Margaret M. Mitchell, Dean and Shailer Mathews Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature, University of Chicago Divinity School; Shaun Casey, Professor of Christian Ethics, Wesley Theological Seminary and former Obama adviser; Brad R. Braxton, Lois Craddock Perkins Professor of Homiletics, Southern Methodist University; and Jacques Berlinerblau, Director, Program for Jewish Civilization, Associate Professor of Jewish Civilization, Georgetown University.

October 27-28, 2013 I’m honored to be the invited speaker for The Dillard Forum series of lectures and discussion, the product of a partnership between Trinity United Methodist Church and Union Presbyterian Seminary (Richmond, VA). I will give four talks in the theme “The Power of Story and the Greatest Story Ever Told”: “Does That Mean It’s Fiction?”; “If the Bible Is God’s Word, Then Why All This Translation?”; “Institutionalized Tales, or Some Biblical Thoughts on Liturgy”; and “‘There are no new stories… only new ways to tell them,’ The Bible Ever New”. Open to the public.


October 19, 2013 The Library of Virginia‘s annual Literary Awards Celebration is always great fun. I’m honored to have served this year as one of the nonfiction judges — not easy! There were many wonderful books to consider.


October 18-19, 2013 James River Writers annual conference. I look forward to moderating a panel of nonfiction writers including Joe Jackson, Cynthia Kierner, and Michael Nicholls.

June 21-23, 2013 (St. Petersburg, FL): Attending the Historical Novel Society’s annual meeting. Whoo-hoo! Should be a blast.

The Cyrus Cylinder is in Washinton, DC! The Smithsonian’s Freer Sackler Gallery is its first stop (March 9-April 28, 2013) in a cross-country US tour. Now more Americans will understand why I’m so fired up about this guy.

In recognition of International Women’s Week 2013, I enjoyed a wonderful conversation with Gigi Amateau about women in the Bible as a guest blog for E. Kristin Anderson.

It is a privilege to serve as editor for the Society of Biblical Literature’s Bible Odyssey web project, bringing the fruits of biblical scholarship to a broad audience.

Blog on! In addition to my personal web blog, I post occasional bits on The Huffington Post. Check out the latest with a quick name search.

Another piece of my thoughts on publishing related to the Bible for Publishers Weekly should be out some time this spring, 2013, possibly before the tulips.

I’ve been attending the 19th annual Virginia Festival of the Book, and loving every minute of it. Met lots of great folks, learned loads, and found inspiration of some sort or other in every event or panel. Thank you, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and all sponsors.

September 29-30, 2012 the Historical Novel Society met in London, England. What a blast. Lots of interesting sessions, but best of all, meeting new friends and chatting with attendees over tea and biscuits in a gorgeous wood-paneled meeting room. I’m thinking a red phone booth would look great in the living room.

Tom Boman named Bible Babel for MPR’s “best books about faith.” Thanks, Tom!

The Voice, a new translation of the Bible, for which I’m honored to have contributed, is now available and got a nice shout-out from USA Today!

Bible Babel is now available in paperback (Harper Perennial, 2011).

Bible Babel was nominated for the 14th Annual (2011) Library of Virginia “People’s Choice” Award. Thanks to those of you who voted! The Library of Virginia also selected the book as a finalist for their nonfiction award! You can read about that and the other finalists here, from the Richmond Times Dispatch.

Some great reviews (read more by clicking the “Bible Babel” button) ~

Read Michael Dirda’s full Washington Post review of Bible Babel, Martin Sieff’s Washington Times review, and Chris Querry’s reviews of Bible Babel here. To Joseph Laycock’s thereligiousleft review, I’m happy to add that just a few days after he posted it,Bible Babel came out in paperback — less expensive yet with equally fun, though stylistically different, cover art. Have a look also at Bill Tammeus’ “Faith Matters” Weblog (3-22-11) for a brief but enthusiastic review, and at Greg Richardson’s kind review at AndBible Babel has made it across the pond with a super nice mention in Ron Ferguson’s The Herald Scotland column.

Brazilian publisher MATRIX EDITORA has bought Bible Babel and will publish it in translation (2012)

South Korean publisher April Books Publishing Co. has also bought Bible Babel and will publish it in translation (2012)

Kristin’s essay “An Old Field Takes Some New Turns” about publishing trends in biblical scholarship appeared in the Oct. 7, 2011 issue of Publishers Weekly.

Had a nice Bible Babel “shout-out” from John Mulholland, at the University of Chicago Law Library:

I’ve enjoyed chatting recently with Daniel Burke, the National Correspondent for Religion News Service and Laura Kwerel of “Interfaith Voices” radio show, among others, about the enduring influence of the King James Version of the Bible.

Matt Talhelm, anchor and reporter for NBC29 TV news put together a nice piece about apocalyptic predictions (Camping’s May 21 being the latest). I’m delighted to have been able to participate. You can watch the clip here.

You can listen to my March 18,  2011 interview on “Brainstormin’ with Billy” at

Bible Babel live (March 15, 2011) on the “Jim Engster Show” (NPR) is available also on their website.

Hanging out on the radio with 2 Boomer Babes on Tuesday morning (March 15, 2011) to tape a show airing in the Baltimore area (NPR) at a later date. But check out the link, and listen there, if you like!

Check out radio interview with David McMillian on “Strategies for Living” (March 15, 2011) This show will also “air” on the internet radio program (March 24, 3:00 p.m. EST)

10 minutes of early morning Bible Babel-ing on Raleigh, NC radio (March 15, 2011)

You can listen to Kristin’s Jan. 2 presentation on Bible Babel here:

Kristin’s essay, “The Bible and ‘Dominion’ over Animals: Superiority or Responsibility,” which appeared originally in the Huffington Post, will be reprinted by request in the Humane Society U.S.’s newsletter The Humane Steward and in the Green Egg zine, too.

Kristin blogs for the Huffington Post.

“On Faith,” the Washington Post‘s online “conversation about religion and politics” featured Kristin’s essay “Satan and the 2010 Census”.

Check out Beliefnet’s Bible quizzes. Kristin came up with one testing your knowledge of animals in the Bible.

Kristin wrote a guest “Inspiration” column for Good Morning America/ABC’s Spirituality.

You can watch Kristin’s June 6 TV interview with Ben Bradley on ABC-7 Chicago by clicking this link.

Some local Richmond news about Bible Babel in the March 28 and April 4 Richmond Times Dispatch.

Read Kristin’s op-ed on the promise and perils of biblical translation, which originally appeared in the Richmond Times Dispatch .

Kristin’s “Viewpoints” column for Easter in Fredricksburg’s Free Lance-Star was picked up by the McClatchy newswire and has appeared in news outlets around the country.

Greg McQuade and Cheryl Miller graciously hosted Kristin on CBS’ “Virginia This Morning” Feb. 3. You can watch the clip here.

May-Lily Lee, host of “Virginia Currents” visited with Kristin on WCVE public television October 29, 8-8:30 pm (rebroadcast Sat– Halloween! at 5:30pm and Sun 12:30) about Bible Babel and Kristin’s journey into studying the Bible. You can watch the brief clip on youtube.

Check out the Nov. 3 issue of The Christian Century to read Kristin’s “Biblically Challenged: Overcoming Scriptural Illiteracy” article about the problems and promise(!) that preachers face in dealing with biblical illiteracy among congregants.

Kristin enjoyed the spring 2010 term in beautiful Charlottesville as a visiting fellow at theVirginia Foundation for the Humanities.

Kristin recently received VCU’s College of Humanities and Sciences Excellence in Scholarship 2009 award.

VCU has awarded Dr. Swenson tenure with promotion to Associate Professor.