Debra A. Spark

Sabbatical: 09/01/2019 - 08/31/2020

Professor of English

Box 5284

Phone: 207-859-5284
Fax: 207-859-5252
Mailing Address:
5284 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8852
Spark, Debra A.


B.A. Yale University
M.F.A. the Iowa Writers Workshop

Areas of Expertise

  • Fiction writing
  • Teaching fiction writing
  • Creative nonfiction writing
  • Editing, fiction and nonfiction

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
EN278 AFiction Writing I
EN378C AFiction Writing II: Constrained Writing
EN386C ASpecial Topics: Documentary Radio

Professional Information

Debra Spark teaches fiction writing, and is the author of the novels Coconuts for the Saint and The Ghost of Bridgetown, as well as the anthology, Twenty Under Thirty and a book of essays on writing, Curious Attractions. Her essays, reviews and short stories have appeared in Esquire, The New York Times, Ploughshares,The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Yankee and The New England Review, among other places.

Visit her home page at


Curious Attractions
forthcoming from University of Michigan, 2005


The Ghost of Bridgetown Graywolf Press

(2001) "In this intelligent, often bitingly funny exploration of liberal guilt and confusion, Spark's utterly believable characters balance on the razor's edge between justice and mercy, truth and love. The result is an edgy and unusual novel." —Andrea Barrett


Coconuts for the Saint Faber and Faber; Avon
(1996) "A gorgeous novel — as richly imaginative, wildly sensual and wisely unsettling as they come. Real world magic." —Washington Post Book World


Twenty Under Thirty Scribner's

(1986) "A confident and exciting new generation of literary talent. 20 Under 30 should be patented-it's that full of miraculous invention, incantation and heartfelt reality." —Jayne Anne Phillips


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