Brick Road Poetry Press

poetry made to entertain, amuse, and edify

The mission of Brick Road Poetry Press is to publish and promote poetry that entertains, amuses, edifies, and surprises a wide audience of appreciative readers.  We are not qualified to judge who deserves to be published, so we concentrate on publishing what we enjoy. Our preference is for poetry geared toward dramatizing the human experience in language rich with sensory image and metaphor, recognizing that poetry can be, at one and the same time, both familiar as the perspiration of daily labor and as outrageous as a carnival sideshow.

About Steven Owen Shields author of Creation Story

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Steven Owen Shields

author of Creation Story

Steven Owen Shields is a former all-night disc jockey and present-day college professor of mass communication at the University of North Georgia.  Originally from Indiana, Steven grew up reading his father’s collection of 1950s science fiction and arguing theology with his grandfather, a credentialed Methodist minister.  After earning his MA in Journalism from Ball State and his Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin, Steven spent several years teaching coursework in broadcasting and media for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  Although his first published work appeared in his high school literary magazine, it was not until a move to Georgia in the late Nineties that his interest in poetry returned.  Creation Story is his second full collection.  His first, Daimonion Sonata, was published letterpress by Birch Brook Press (2005).  His work also has appeared in publications such as Angle, Deronda Review, Lyric, Measure, Main Street Rag, Midwestern Gothic, Raintown Review, The Reach of Song, Sleet, and Umbrella, among many others.  He also has edited a collection of his great-grandmother Edna Rice Crane’s verse, Friends and Neighbahs (2017), is Past President of the Georgia Poetry Society and helps conduct a monthly poetry critique group.  He and his wife Janet live in Johns Creek, Georgia, a northern suburb of Atlanta.

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