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writer , English literature educator

Brent Avery Spencer, American English literature educator, writer. Recipient James Michener award Iowa Writers Workshop, 1984; Wallace Stegner fellow Stanford University, 1987, Individual Artist fellow Nebraska Arts Council, Omaha, 1995. Member Modern Language Association, Associated Writing Programs.


Spencer, Brent Avery was born on September 23, 1952 in Bethesda. Son of Robert Cornelius Spencer and Patricia Imogene Pittman.


Bachelor in English, Wilkes College, 1974. Master of Arts in English, University Michigan, 1975. Doctor of Philosophy in English, Pennsylvania State University, 1982.

Master of Fine Arts, University Iowa, 1984.


Teaching assistant Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 1975-1982, instructor Wilkes-Baree, 1977-1979. Adjunct assistant professor University Iowa, Iowa City, 1982-1984. Instructor Skyline College, San Bruno, California, 1987-1988, San Francisco State University, 1989.

Jones lecturer in creative writing Stanford (California) University, 1989-1992. Associate professor Creighton University, Omaha, since 1992.


  • book

    • The Lost Son

      (Returning home twelve years after abandoning her son and ...)

  • Other Work

    • Author: The Lost Son, 1995, (collection of stories) Are We Not Men?, 1996 (One of 25 Best Books 1996 Village Voice).


Member Modern Language Association, Associated Writing Programs.


  • Other Interests

    Reading, movies, swimming.


Married Cathrine Hauck, June 23, 1973 (divorced May 1979). 1 child, Nora Anne Spencer.

Robert Cornelius Spencer

Patricia Imogene Pittman

Cathrine Hauck

Nora Anne Spencer