David Hatfield Sparks

Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet

Chicago, IL

Author's Bio

David Hatfield Sparks is a writer, musician, librarian, and gay father who written and performed from the Midwest and Manhattan to Austin, Texas and San Francisco, where he has been active in queer artists and writers communities. His work focuses on music/performance/research/politics of gender, religion, the arts, and myth in LGBTQIA multicultual contexts. He, along with his husband of 38 years Randy P. Conner, was an original participant in the El Mundo Zurdo Reading Series in San Francisco curated by the late Gloria Anzaldua. His poems and essays have appeared in current and historic feminist and LGBTQ publications. He is co-author, with his life companion and husband Randy P. L. Conner, and their daughter Mariya Ayn Sparks of the "Encyclopedia of Queer Myth, Symbol, and Spirit" (Cassells, 1997) and and "Queering Creole Spiritual Traditions" (Routledge, 2003) and other published articles and conference papers on GLBT issues, gender fluidity, the arts and music. David just completed a new chapbook, "Angels and Apparitions," an "autohistoria" that in three sections draws on his life journey from 1. being reared in Indiana, 2. his radicalization (anti-war, coming out, feminism, spirituality, socialism, gay fathering) and finding eventually his voice at the Pacific's edge in San Francisco's leftist LGBTQ artist's community, and 3. his recent "prodigal son's" return to the ancestral ghosts of the Midwest. He is currently finishing a spiritual memoir entitled, "Wings of Eros, Dance of Dionysus: Exploring Queer Spirituality for Relationships, Families, and Communities."

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

First Person Queer: Who We Are (So Far) (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2007)
This Bridge We Call Home: Radical Visions for Transformation (Routledge, 2002)


El Mundo Zurdo 5 (Spinsters/Aunt Lute Press, 2016)
Imaniman: Poets Writing in the Anzalduan Borderlands (Spinsters/Aunt Lute Press, 2016)
She is Everywhere! Vol. 3: An Anthology of Writings in Womanist/Feminist Spirituality (iUniverse, Inc., 2012)
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His book of selected poems, "Princes and Pumpkins" (Xlibris, 2013) was awarded 1st Prize for the 2016 Writer's Digest Ebook poetry context.

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Last update: Oct 16, 2017