Sparrow's poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, The Quarterly, The New York Times and many other journals. He was featured in the PBS series The United States of Poetry and can be heard, along with his band Foamola, on the poetry compilation Poemfone: New Word Order(Tomato). He is a gossip columnist for the Phoenicia Times, a contributing editor to Chronogram, a substitute teacher, and the author of three books: Yes, You ARE a Revolutionary! Plus Seven Other Books, America: A Prophecy, and Republican Like Me. Sparrow lives with his wife and daughter in the hamlet of Phoenicia, New York, in the Catskill Mountains.