Colin Sargent

Colin Sargent

Colin W. Sargent, Ph.D., is a novelist, magazine publisher, playwright, and poet. He has been invited to teach writing at the College of William and Mary (Fall 2017). His 2016 novel The Boston Castrato is published by Barbican Press of London. “A heartrending, deep, rip-roaring novel, The Boston Castrato is destined to be a modern classic, a novel that captures 1920s Boston through the eye of a young Italian castrato seeking love.”- Barbican Press. Born in Portland, Maine, Sargent is the founding editor and publisher of Portland Monthly magazine (est. 1985, 100,000 print readers) as well as a past board member of the literacy organization Maine Reads. An Annapolis graduate, Sargent has been awarded the Maine individual artist fellowship in literature, a Stonecoast MFA, and a Ph.D. in creative writing from Lancaster University in the UK. His screenplay Montebello Ice is under option at Gideon Films. “Barbican Press is honored to launch Colin W. Sargent’s The Boston Castrato—a modern classic in the making. This book does for the 1920s Boston what E.L. Doctorow did for New York in Ragtime: it grabs a city out of history, mixes in some fiction and makes it vivid. Be it the high style of Boston’s Parker House Hotel; the flagrant, flagrant set who dance attendance on the poet Amy Lowell; the scientists and shipbuilders and politicians and utter rogues who raise the city from the dirt; it all shimmers into reality as an outsider leads us into its quaking heart.