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Sanford Phippen
Lecturer II in English
Editor of Puckerbrush Review
5752 Neville Hall, Room 413
Orono, Maine 04469-5752

Office Telephone: (207) 581-3832



M.A., English Education, Syracuse University, 1971
B.A., English, University of Maine, 1964

Courses Taught:

ENG 101: College Composition
ENG 205: Introduction to Creative Writing
ENG 229: Topics in Literature – The Films of Alfred Hitchcock
ENG 244: Writers of Maine
ENG 280: Introduction to Film
ENG 317: Business and Technical Writing
ENG 472: Teaching English in the Secondary School


The Police Know Everything, 1982
Inside Vacationland, 1984
The Best Maine Stories, 1986
People Trying to be Good, 1988
Cheap Gossip, 1989
Maine Speaks, 1989
High Clouds Soaring, Storms Driving Low: The Letters of Ruth Moore, 1993
The Quotable Moose, 1994
Kitchen Boy, 1996
The Messiah in the Memorial Gym, 1998
The Sun Never Sets on Hancock Point, 2001
Standing Just Outside the Door and Two Other Plays, 2003

Plays Produced:

The Straight and Crazy Doped-Up World
The Police Know Everything
Standing Just Outside the Door


Tuesday Weekly, Ellsworth, Maine, 1973-1975
Maine Life, 1976-1986
Ellsworth Weekly, 1997-2004

Prof. Phippen has also written for The New York Times, Down East magazine, Maine Alumnus, the Ellsworth American, the Bangor Daily News, and other periodicals.

Professional Experience:

English teacher at New Hartford High School, New Hartford, New York, 1964-1967
English teacher at Corcoran High School, Syracuse, New York, 1967-1979
English teacher at Orono High School, 1979-2004

Television Series:

RFD Maine, Maine PBS (MPBN), 1997-1998
A Good Read, Maine PBS (MPBN), 1999-2004


Portland Public Library Writing Award, 1991
Maine Press Association, 1998 and 1999
Distinguished Teacher Award, Bowdoin College, 1999
The Stillwater Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Maine, 2003
Maine Teacher of the Year Finalist, 2004
Orono Teacher of the Year, 2004
Citizen of the Year, Hancock, Maine, 2001
Nominated for an Emmy Award for television series A Good Read, 1999

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