Bruce Spang, former Poet Laureate of Portland, Maine, and an English teacher at Scarborough High School, recently published his third book of poems: Boy at the Screen Door (Moon Pie Press, 2014). His first novel, The Deception of the Thrush, was also published in 2014.
Spang is working on a new book for teachers about how to incorporate creative writing into the new standards-based curriculum, Putting the Art Back in Language Arts. He wrote the libretto for Charlie!, a musical about a 24-year-old gay man who was murder by three teens in Bangor. He is author of To the Promised Land Grocery (Moon Pie Press, 2008) and The Knot (Snow Drift Press, 2005), and Tip End of Time (Snow Drift Press, 2004). He has edited of two anthologies: Passion and Pride: Poets In Support of Equality and I Have Walked though Many Lives: Young Voices—Scarborough (Moon Pie Press, 2009).
He has published four books on drug and alcohol education in the schools, along with several articles in major magazines. He offers creative-writing workshops for teachers and students. Each year, the students in his classes win major prizes in local and state contests. Spang lives in Falmouth with his partner and son.