November 16, 2016 at 3:30 p.m.: Lecture by Frank X. Gaspar.
Frank X. Gaspar, who was born and raised in the Portuguese West End of Provincetown, Massachusetts, is the author of five collections of poetry and two novels. Among his many awards are the Morse, Anhinga, and Brittingham Prizes for poetry, multiple inclusions in Best American Poetry, four Pushcart Prizes, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature, and a California Arts Council Fellowship in poetry. He was also a John Atherton Fellow at Bread Loaf, and a Walter Dakin Fellow at Sewanee. His debut novel, Leaving Pico, was a Barnes and Noble Discovery Prize winner, a recipient of the California Book Award for First Fiction and a New York Times Notable Book (paperback edition). His second novel, Stealing Fatima, was a MassBook of the Year in Fiction (Massachusetts Foundation for the Book).
His work has appeared widely in magazines and literary journals, including The New Yorker, The Nation, The Harvard Review, The Hudson Review, The Kenyon Review, The Georgia Review, The American Poetry Review, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, The Tampa Review, Miramar, and others.
Several of Gaspar’s books, including his two novels, treat Luso-American themes or settings, particularly the Portuguese community in Provincetown.