Award-winning poet Steve Schild, who is probably best known as a member of the Winona School Board, has officially launched his latest collection from Shipwreckt Books’ Up On Big Rock Poetry Series. Schild’s poetry has appeared in a number of literary magazines and four anthologies. His collection “Eros in Autumn” (Up On Big Rock Poetry Series, 2014) won a Silver Medal for Excellence in Poetry from the Midwest Independent Publishers Association as well as awards from Viterbo University and the League of Minnesota Poets.
John Reinhard, the author of “On the Road to Patsy Cline” and “Burning the Prairie,” said about Schild’s “These Humans,” his most recent collection of poems, “When the poems in Steven Schild’s new collection are at their best (and his batting average is pretty darned good), they tackle our primary work: being human, something that too often these days seems to be regarded as a sort of silliness. These poems celebrate at least as often as they mourn, soothe more than they fume. That the reader is allowed to participate in the journey is no small gift.”
Poet Laureate of Winona and the author of too many books to list Ken McCullough said, “‘These Humans’ is a symphonic presentation of us as a species. The responsible and articulate public witness becomes more personal, sharing our fears and vulnerabilities, our moments of joy and quiet delight. There is a balance in this book — of citizen and next-door neighbor, of husband, son, grandson and father, of fellow traveler, of journalist and poet. And always the poetry exhibits an unerring ear.”