Shields was born in Michigan in 1964, and raised in Michigan, Ohio, and
California. He has lived in Europe since 1991; these days he earns his living teaching
English at the University of Basel in Switzerland. His poems, prose, and translations have
appeared or are forthcoming in PN Review, Poetry, Grand
Street, Cross Connect, Smiths Knoll, and Talking River Review.
His published translations of poetry include work by Durs Grunbein, Anne Duden, Brigitte
Oleschinski, and Joachim Sartorius from the German, and by Jacques Reda from the French.