Frank X. Gaspar was born and raised in Provincetown, Mass., of Azorean descent (Pico, Sao Miguel). His ancestors were traditionally whalers and Grand Banks fisherman, sailing out of the Islands and then Provincetown.
He holds an MFA from the Graduate Writing Program at UC Irvine and is the author of five collections of poetry and two novels. Among his many awards are multiple inclusions in Best American Poetry, four Pushcart Prizes, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature, and a California Arts Council Fellowship in poetry.
His debut novel, Leaving Pico, was a Barnes and Noble Discovery Prize winner, a recipient of the California Book Award for First Fiction and a New York Times Notable Book. The Fundacao Luso-Americana and Edel Editora have acquired the European rights to this novel, and the Portugese language edition launched late summer, 2013.
His second novel, Stealing Fatima, was a MassBook of the Year in Fiction (Massachusetts Foundation for the Book). Selected poems have appeared in the anthologies The Gavea-Brown Book of Portugese-American Poetry (Brown University Press) and Luso-American Literature (Rutgers University Press). He most recently held the Helio and Amelia Pedrosa/Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. He is currently at work on a new novel.