May Swenson is arguably the most prominent figure to have graduated from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at USU. Her honors —just to name a few— include fellowships from the Guggenheim, Ford, Rockefeller, and MacArthur Foundations. She received the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America and the Bollingen Prize from Yale University. Her reputation has only grown over the years as indicated by the recent publication of her work by the Library of America.
Despite her international success and reputation as a progressive thinker who discovered her own path, it is evident in May’s written work that her family and Cache Valley roots were sincerely important to her. She remained true to the different components of her heritage and personal identity.
Following the legacy of May Swenson, we aim to re-develop the site of her original childhood home to create a gathering place that would enhance the creative arts and humanities in our community. The Swenson House will take advantage of its residential location just below Old Main Hill, surrounded by student-filled rental properties, to build bridges from the USU campus to the Logan community and between the diverse thoughts and lifestyles that make up our thriving community.
Please consider donating below or contact Justin Barton for further details on the project and how to give.
College of Humanities and Social Sciences Development Officer
Utah State University