Peter Swanborn’s poetry debut, Bij het zien van zijn lichaam (At the sight of his body), was published in 2007. One year later the book was nominated for the C. Buddingh’ Prize for the best poetry debut of the year. January 2009 Een koud bad (A cold bath) was published. This book of twenty-four songs about people who drowned, was nominated for the PZC Public Award. In the autumn of 2009 Podium Publishers published Tot ook ik verwaai (Until I too drift away), a poetry memoir about a mother with Alzheimers. This book was nominated for the J.C. Bloem- poëzieprijs.
Poems and articles by Peter Swanborn have been published in many newspapers and magazines in Europe and the USA. He is an editor of the literature and arts magazine Tortuca, published in Rotterdam, and works as a literary critic for the leading Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant. Before 1997 he made a living as an artist and photographer. Translations of his poetry are available in several languages.