Colin W. Sargent

Poet, Fiction Writer

Kennebunk Beach, ME
Maine US

Author's Bio

Colin W. Sargent's novel Red Hands features the Romanian Revolution from the voice of Iordana Ceausescu, daughter-in-law of the dictators Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu (Barbican Press, London, U.S. Release February 2023).

His 2016 novel The Boston Castrato was nominated for the Booker Prize. "Raffi, a young Italian, is our guide. He left more than his country behind in Rome. Snipped by a bishop as the last castrato, he is bundled off to America when the Church takes shame. Forbidden to use his voice, other skills steal him into the society of 1920s Boston. Raffi enters the hardest quest of all--the search for a genuine love song."

His debut novel Museum of Human Beings covers the fantastic life and times of Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, expedition papoose of the Lewis & Clark Voyage of Discovery: "Spellbinding"--Library Journal starred review "Stylish"--Publisher's Weekly "Heart-wrenching"--Smithsonian Institute "This debut novel...belongs with the best of historical fiction"--ForeWord Magazine. Visit

Publications & Prizes


Museum of Human Beings (McBooks Press, 2008)
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Undertow (Coyote Love Press, 1994)
Blush (Coyote Love Press, 1987)
Luftwaffe Snowshoes (Portsmouth Fine Arts, 1984)
Prizes won: 

Second Printing, Museum of Human Beings, March 2009 Paperback Edition, Museum of Human Beings, November 2009 Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature, State of Maine Multiple awards as founding editor and publisher of Portland Monthly Magazine, with a print readership of 100,000 (visit

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Portland, ME
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Portland, ME
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Last update: Mar 03, 2023