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Stephen Sparks

Stephen Sparks is co-owner of Point Reyes Books with his wife, Molly Parent. Previously, he was a manager and new book buyer at Green Apple Books in San Francisco, and in 2014, he opened and ran Green Apple Books on the Park, the newest branch of the 50-year-old institution. In the middle of his tenure at Green Apple, he spent a year in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, where he finished graduate school (an MLIS degree from San Jose State) and worked for a non-profit literary publisher, Dalkey Archive Press. Before moving west, Stephen ran a bookstore in Ocean City, New Jersey, that was part of a small regional chain along the shore. In addition to serving on the Center's board of directors, Sparks serves on the boards of Dorothy, a publishing project, and Open Letter Books. He is a member of the steering committee for the Bay Area Book Festival, and he has served as a juror for various literary prizes and awards, including the National Book Award for Poetry, the Best Translated Book Award, the ABA’s Indies Choice Award, and two National Endowment for the Arts juries. His writing has appeared in the Paris Review DailyMusic & LiteratureTin HouseBOMBThe Scofield, and elsewhere. He is the editor of a series for Literary Hub about bookselling in the 21st century, and the editor of Ingram Publishing Group’s quarterly poetry newsletter.