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. His poetry has appeared in a number of places, including:

Public Postings

National Poetry Month: April 2015

As a part of National Poetry Month April 2015 . .

  • His quatrains "Room for Magic", "Where You Are", and "Your Next Excuse"—entered into PoemTown Randolph 2015—were among the short poems and haikus tucked into colored plastic eggs, arranged in baskets, and placed in businesses in downtown Randolph for donations to help defray costs and add "a little joy and whimsy to the whole month-long celebration."
  • DIGpoetry St. Johnsbury, 2014

    Poetry Alive! Montpelier 2011

    Public Readings


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    © 2011 by Michael J. Farrand