Claude Caswell earned his BA from Bowdoin College, his MA from Southern Illinois University and his Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire.  He has taught at MECA for 23 years and has served as the coordinator of the Writing Minor and the Outing Club faculty mentor. has been elected faculty Commencement speaker for many years in a row, by student popular demand.


• Recipient of the 1998 Seacoast Writing Association’s First Prize for Nonfiction Author of a chapter entitled “Paris:  City of Brothelly Love” in the book French Connections:  Hemingway and Fitzgerald Abroad (St. Martin’s Press).

• Former guest on New Hampshire Public Radio’s The Front Porch.


Claude grew up on a farm in Gray, Maine, the fifth child of six, in a house with no indoor plumbing and a single woodstove.  He attended Bowdoin College on a full scholarship.