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Name: Breeden, David.

Historical Note:

David Breeden earned a PhD from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi in 1988.  Prior to completing his doctorate, Dr. Breeden earned a Master's of Fine Arts from the Writer's Workshop at the University of Iowa in 1985, a Bachelor's of Arts from Southern Illinois University, and an Associates of Arts from Southeastern Illinois College. 

From 1991 to 2005, Dr. Breeden was a tenured professor at Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas where he taught creative writing and world literature classes. He also held positions as the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts (1999 to 2002), and the Chair of the English and Foreign Languages Department (1995 to 2005).  He was President of the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers (2002 to 2003) and authored the "Ask Dr. Poetry" column in three newspapers in the mid-1990's.  He also served as a book critic for four newspapers, and published numerous book reviews. 

His published novels include A Poet's Guide to Divorce (2005), Aristas (2001), and Another Number (1998).  He has also published several books of poetry including Ice Cream and Suicide (2005), Surviving the Coup (2003), Double Headed End Wrench (1992), and Hey, Schliemann (1990).  His film scripts written include Off the Wall, which won the "Best of the Fest" award at the Great Lakes Independent Film Festival in 2003, House Whine, and Golgotha Hanger.  His plays include titles such as Daddy Wasn't Right and Aunt Emma's Wake, as well as many short stories and poems published in magazines, newspapers, and compilation volumes.

Outside of academia Dr. Breeden participated a great deal in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Kerrville, Texas, where he served as President and Co-President on several occasions.  In 2005, Dr. Breeden began a new career as a student at the Meadville Lombard Theological School at the University of Chicago.

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