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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  David Breeden  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1958 in Granite City, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

I was born in Granite City, Illinois and grew up on my family farm near Broughton, Illinois. I attended Southern Illinois University. My novels are based in Southern Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

The Reverend Doctor David Breeden has an MFA from The Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, a Ph.D. from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi, with additional study at Breadloaf and in writing and Buddhism at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. He also has a Master of Divinity from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago. His poetry, essays, and short fiction have appeared in such journals as Mississippi Review, Nebo, Poet Lore, Mid-American Review,, North Atlantic Review, Boston Literary Review, Turnstile, Nidus, and Paragraph. He has published four novels and ten books of poetry. He is on the editorial board of Virtual Artist’s Collective, a Chicago publisher. His book This Is Just To Say: Variations on a Theme of William Carlos Williams has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the Award in Religion and The Arts from the American Academy of Religion. Breeden is a Unitarian Universalist minister.

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Titles At Your Library

Hey, Schliemann (Mellen Poetry Series; Vol 10)
ISBN: 0889468478

Edwin Mellen Pr. 1990

David Breeden's poetry is shaped by line and length, not rhyme or traditional poetic form, a poetry of statement, of epigram, where simple discoveries - either implied or explicit - are celebrated.

Building a Boat
ISBN: 1882983181

March Street Pr. 1995

Poetry by the author.

Guiltless Traveler
ISBN: 1882983300

March Street Pr. 1996

Another Number: A Novel of the '70s
ISBN: 0965704416

Silver Phoenix Pr. 1998

Book by Breeden, David

ISBN: 1931055297

Superiorbooks.Com Inc. 2001

The Texas border, 1955. Two bloody wars have left veterans scarred. There is, however, a glimmer of hope: The GI Bill.

In Artistas, Bobby, a veteran of the Second World War and Korea, plans to open an art school for a small band of vets in the tiny town of Postigo. Some are artists, some only drunks, but art glimmers a moment in the desert before violence intrudes.

Surviving the crop
ISBN: 1882983890

March Street Press. 2003

A Poet's Guide to Divorce
ISBN: 0976665298

Fine Tooth Press L.L.C.. 2005

Dad, JJ Wade, is a used bookshop owner. Son Buck is a screenwriter trying to make it on the west coast. Between them is the long shadow of a divorce. When Hollie Ivie, a Goth grrrl, becomes the obsession of JJ's life, Buck steps in with shock therapy-he steals Hollie. Mixing journals, email, and third-person narration, this novel tells the story of a wasted, bitter artist who still might pull it out, his son headed in the same direction, and a woman who doesn't intend to be owned by anyone. Where does Marcus Aurelius, the great Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher fit in? A frumpy professor and email, of course.



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