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His journalism, essays, and poetry have appeared widely in print and on-line, including graphic novels and anthologies. He is the author or named editor of more than six books, chapbooks, and collections.
Brown holds an undergraduate degree in journalism and mass communications from Drake University, Des Moines, and a Master of Science in Architectural Studies (MSAS) from Iowa State University, Ames. As a retired 20-year veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard, Brown is active in various veteran-facing literary organizations.
Launched by Brown as a sole proprietorship in 2003, Middle West Press first focused on providing freelance writing, editing, and editorial project-management services to the print-magazine sector. In 2015, it was reorganized as a limited liability corporation in the State of Iowa, and expanded business operations as an independent book publisher of journalism, non-fiction, and poetry. The press publishes from one to four titles annually, often with a focus on the people, places, and history of the American Midwest.
Lisa Stice is the author of the previously poetry collections Uniform (Aldrich Press, 2016), Permanent Change of Station (Middle West Press, 2018), FORCES (Middle West Press, 2021), and the poetry chapbook Desert (Prolific Press, 2018). Her work appears widely in literary journals and anthologies worldwide, the latter including Beyond the Hill (Lost Tower Publications, 2017); and Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands (Shabda Press, 2017).
Stice’s poem “Pursuit” was the 2020 military-family category poetry winner in the Col. Darron L. Wright Memorial Writing Awards, administered annually by the literary journal Line of Advance.
In 2017, her poem “Dear Wadih Sa’adeh” was selected as an honorable mention in the poetry category in that year’s volume of the Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors anthology series, published by Southeast Missouri State University Press. Her poem “A Quick Lunch from the Noodle Stand” was nominated for a 2016 Pushcart Prize by The Magnolia Review.