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Brandon Sward is an artist, writer, and doctoral student at the University of Chicago who splits time between Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City. He was a quarter-finalist for Ruminate Magazine's 2018 VanderMey Nonfiction Prize and an honorable mention for the 47th New Millennium Writing Awards. He has also been awarded residencies by Alternative Worksite, Main Street Arts, NAVE, the Sundress Academy for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, the Wassaic Project, and the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild.