Michael J. Farrand
Michael J. Farrand was born October 19, 1959 in
Oakland, California, and lived as a child in such faraway places as Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and
Moscow, U.S.S.R. After college he also lived in Italy. Educated at Georgetown University in
Washington, D.C. at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, Mr. Farrand first turned his pen
to plays and screenplays, and then to lyrics and poetry.
He is the author of REPRESENTATIVE
DEMOCRACY FOR THE MODERN ERA: a Proposed Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the inventor of
Story Dynamics, and the compiler of the Magic Star of Dramatic Writing.
Screenwriting guidance he offers in "How to Write a Screenplay", which may one day end up in book form, results from
his own experiences writing screenplays, and five years as administrator of the Empire Screenplay Contest.
He is available for script
consulting. He also introduced the mandoletto to the mandolin line, and hopes one day to learn how to play it.
The author has been published numerous times in newsprint as a journalist. His several
government publications related to the petroleum industry have long since gone from print. Several
hundred poems from his pen are published here at this website. A small handful of them were printed
in a self-produced chapbook in Charlottesville in the year 2000. Additionally:
- His Beat poem "Big Yellow Caterpillar", entered into DIGpoetry St. Johnsbury, 2014 (St. Johnsbury, Vermont), appeared in the related anthology DIGpoetry: St. Johnsbury, Summer 2014 (published December 2014)—along with two "Burma Shave sign series" he'd submitted to be displayed along streets and roads during the event.
- Anne Campbell—Arts Education Coordinator at Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury, Vermont—read his Beat poem "Big Yellow Caterpillar" with Calvin Harris of Magic in the Morning on Magic 97.7 FM (Lyndonville) on July 21, 2014 as part of DIGpoetry St. Johnsbury, 2014 (recording).
- His Beat poem "Big Yellow Caterpillar" was exhibited at the Eastern & Main Market - Deli in St. Johnsbury, Vermont as part of DIGpoetry St. Johnsbury, 2014 responding to major roadwork projects going on around town. Poems by Bill and Sharon Kenney Biddle, Alan Boye, SJ Cahill, Brooke Cullen, Brian M. Francis, Leigh Grace, Alicia Hingston, Judith Janoo, Beth Kanell, Reeve Lindbergh, Jenny Land Mackenzie, KM Moritz, and Eileen Mulcahy were also exhibited throughout St. Johnsbury.
- His Place quatrain "At the Bread
and Puppet Show" was exhibited throughout April 2011 at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in
Montpelier, Vermont as part of the Poetry Alive! events in honor of National Poetry Month. Poems by other
Vermont poets Robert
Frost, Baron Wormser (former Poet Laureate of Maine), and David Budbill were also
- His sonnet "Though I May Rue the Day I Told the Truth" appears at Apocalyptic Hope.
- Another sonnet "Mother, I'm Speaking to You from Your Womb"
is published through Stand True, as is
"Do They Tell You
About the Suffering".
- His narrative poem "The Man Who Gave All The Dreamers in Baseball Land
Bigger Dreams To Dream" is published through Baseball Almanac (modified since publication).
- "This Guy
Doesn't Know What He's Doing" is published in AHA! POETRY.
- "Had I But" was
published in Issue Number 8 of The Real Eight View.
- "She" was published in the August 2005 issue of Poetic
- His short poem "The Lowly Fruit Fly" was published in the
Autumn 2008 issue (#11) of the Our Community Place newsletter.
- His beat poem "Christmas" was published in the
December 2008 issue (#17) of The Beatnik Cowboy.
- His lifestyle
quatrain "English Three Fruit Marmalade" was selected for publication in the inaugural issue of
Eat Your Words: A Journal of Food Literature (appearing August 1, 2009).
The author's reading of his poetry at performance events include:
- He read his narrative poem "The Day God Invented Bluegrass" at the Greensboro United Church of Christ in Greensboro, Vermont for their Cabin Fever Follies as part of a charity performance to "benefit summer camp scholarships for area kids" on February 14, 2015—sharing stage with the inimitable Bronwyn Massé and Roger Waible.
'Michael Farrand's narrative poem, "The Day God Invented Bluegrass," was a clever play of words, social commentaries, and jaunty asides. His presence had a soft low-key with a little poking fun to make the vignette an entertaining spot.'
- He read his narrative poem "When Love Met Hate on the Causeway" at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum in St. Johnsbury, Vermont as part of a Valentine's Day open mic hosted by Bill and Sharon Biddle on February 14, 2015.
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