Nebraska Center for Writers

Chimney Rock Selected Publications
of Brent Spencer


Are We Not Men? (stories). New York: Arcade Publishing,1996.

The Lost Son (novel). New York: Arcade Publishing, 1995.


"Tough," Reprinted in 10th anniversary issue of River Teeth, The River Teeth Reader. University of Nebraska P, 2008.

"The True History," Best American Mystery Stories 2007, Ed by Carl Hiaasen and Otto Penzler, Houghton Mifflin, 2007.

"Fishermen at Mori Point" and "Boy Raised by Wolves," Palpable Clock. MPWA Press. Forthcoming.

"Pie Night," A Different Plain. University of Nebraska Press, 2004.

"Class Report" and "Down in the Jungle Room" (short-short), Sudden Stories: A Mammoth Anthology of Minuscule Fiction. Mammoth Press, Spring 2003.

"The Small Things That Save Us" (published as "Night, Sleep, Death, and the Stars"). The Uncommon Touch. Stanford, CA: Stanford Alumni Association, 1989.

"The Small Things That Save Us." The Editors' Choice. New York: Wampeter/Bantam, 1986.

"Two Lancaster Poems." Scanlan Saloon Anthology. Scranton: Twin Pines Press, 1979.


"The Tyrant's Tales," McSweeney's (online), January 29, 2004.

"Down in the Jungle Room," Epoch, 51:2, Fall 2002.

"Pie Night," Glimmer Train Stories, Summer 1999.

"This Is the Last of the Nice." GQ, August 1996.

"All I Ever Wanted." Antioch Review, Spring 1995.

"Babyman." Missouri Review, XV, 3, Winter 1992.

"Haven't You Ever Seen Cary Grant?" American Literary Review, Fall 1991.

"The Hazards of Poetry." Stanford Magazine, March 1991.

"The Small Things That Save Us." The Atlantic, October 1984.

"Simple Pleasures." The Sun, Winter 1980.

"Home." The Sun, Summer 1979.


“Mystery Ways,” River Teeth, 11.1, Fall 2009.

"Red-Eyed Dog," Witness, XiX, 2005, pp. 26-39.

"Tough," River Teeth, Fall 2004, pp. 41-53.

"Simple Pleasures." The Sun, Winter 1980.

"Home." The Sun, Summer 1979.


"Woman Trades Child for Sportscar." Hurãkan, Winter 1995.

"Fishermen at Mori Point." Midland Review, #6, Spring 1990.

"Christmas Cards on Catherine Street." Intro 13, 1982.

"Terrorist Poem," "Some Postcards." Arachne, Summer 1981.

"Inventor," "Poultry Disease." Dekalb Journal, Winter 1980.

"Farm Ceremony," "Deserted by Bulbs." US 1 Worksheets, Nov 1979.

"Old Hills in Pennsylvania." Poet and Critic, Fall 1979.

"Two Lancaster Poems." Poet and Critic, Fall 1979.

"An Epic Poem for Mr. Pope." King James Review, Spring 1973.


"Storyboard Your Story." Now Write!. Tarcher/Penguin, 2006.

"WebCT and Me." Instructional Technology Newsletter, Vol. 1, No. 3, April 1998.

"Ten Things Dialogue Should and Shouldn't Do." Writer's Digest. February 1998.

"Old-Fashioned Things." Nebraska Public Radio, November 8, 1995.

"Hollywood in the Heartland." Nebraska Public Radio, May 16, 1995.

"Inside the Programs: Iowa." AWP Newsletter. November 1983.

"Poetry and the Centered Life." Stony Hills, #11, 1982.

"The Country of Donald Hall." Poet and Critic, Spring 1982.

"The Poem of Personality Once More." Kayak, Spring 1982.

Interview with Poet Donald Hall. WVIA-FM, Wilkes-Barre, 1980.

Book Reviews. Living Digital, 1995.

Book Reviews. San Francisco Chronicle. 1985-1988.

Book Reviews. Rural Review Project, CCLM, 1978-79.

"The Country Is Not Frightening." Aspen Anthology, Fall 1976.


3rd Prize, Silver Screenwriting Competition, 2009.

Semi-finalist, Page International Screenwriting Awards, 2009.

Winner, Distinguished Artist Award, Nebraska Arts Council, 2009.

Winner, Backwaters Press Publication Award, 2009.

Semi-finalist, Donald Barthelme Prize, Gulf Coast Magazine, 2008.

Semi-finalist, Slamdance Screenplay Competition, 2007.

Finalist, The Dorothy Churchill Cappon Nonfiction Award, New Letters, for “Legend of Parts” (creative non-fiction), 2007.

"The True History" selected for inclusion in the eleventh volume of Best American Mystery Stories, Ed. Carl Hiaasen (Houghton Mifflin, 2007)

101 Best Web Sites for Writers, Writer's Digest, 2005. (For my web site,

Special Mention, Pushcart Prize, 2005.

Merit Award, Nebraska Arts Council, 2003

Residency Fellowships, Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, and the Edna St Vincent Millay Colony, 2000

US West Fellowship, Creighton University, Summer 1997

Are We Not Men? chosen by the editors of The Village Voice as one of the 25 best books of 1996

Special Mention, Pushcart Prize XIX, 1994-95, for "Babyman," Missouri Review, XV, 3, Winter 1992

Individual Artist Fellowship, Nebraska Arts Council, 1995

Summer Research Fellowship, Creighton University, 1994

Wallace Stegner Fellowship, Stanford University, 1987-88

James Michener Award, Iowa Writers' Workshop, 1984-85

Research Grant, Pennsylvania State University, 1979-80

Pushcart Prize Nomination, 1992, 1979

Manuscript Scholarship, Wilkes College, 1972-73, 1973-74

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