After working as a carpenter in Kentucky, Louisiana, and Ohio, Eric Schwerer taught poetry to people recovering from mental illness
He now teaches in the writing program at the University of PittsburghJohnstown. Schwerer is the author of two books of poetry,
The Saint of Withdrawal (2006) and Whittling Lessons (a chapbook, 2005, nominated for an Ohioana Book Award). His poems have been published in many literary journals, including Prairie Schooner, NOR, Paper Street, Fence, The Journal, and Third Coast.