Eric_SchwererEric has written two books. His most recent is The Saint of Withdrawal. His first book, Whittling Lessons (a limited edition chapbook, Finishing Line Press, 2005), was nominated for an Ohioan Book Award.

He earned a PhD from Ohio University. He has taught poetry to people recovering from mental illness and now teaches in the Creative Writing department at Johnstown's University of Pittsburgh.

His work has appeared in many literary journals, including Fence, The Laurel Review, Quarter After Eight, Elixir, Artful Dodge, Poems & Plays, Northwest Review, Diagram, Paper Street, and Third Coast.