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:
- His beat poem "Hold the World Together" was selected for the 2016 edition of The Mountain Troubadour, literary journal for the Poetry Society of Vermont.
- A collection of his quatrains was published April 21, 2016 through Amazon Kindle under the title The Man Who Didn't Exist.
- His Beat poem "Big Yellow Caterpillar", entered as part of DIGpoetry St. Johnsbury, 2014 in 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.
- 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).
National Poetry Month: April 2016
National Poetry Month: April 2015
- His quatrains "The Truth Will Win", "What Life's About", and "What's Going On" were viewable at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library at 135 Main Street in Montpelier as part of PoemCity Montpelier 2015—appearing with works by such distinguished Vermont poets Ralph Culver, Geof Hewitt, Tamra Higgins, Julia Shipley, and Diana Whitney—as well as poet laureates Sydney Lea and Baron Wormser.
- His Beat poem "South of Victory", entered into PoemTown St. Johnsbury 2015, was viewable in the storefront window of Washburn Tattoo at 462 Railroad Street in St. Johnsbury (list).
- His quatrains "To Play the Man's White Knight", "Grow Myself Some Guts", "Be the Power" "I Didn't Flow", and "Master of Now"—as well as his short poems "A Thrilling Thing" and "If This Doesn't Matter"—were posted throughout Norwich University campus in Northfield as part of PoemCampus Norwich 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
- 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.
Poetry Alive! Montpelier 2011
- On September 16, 2016 the author read his narrative poems "The Tycoon Who Craved Macaroon", "With the Passing of the Storm" (accompanied by Michael Ferguson on guitar), "The Day God Invented Bluegrass" (accompanied by Franklin Heyburn on the fiddle), and "The Man Who Gave All the Dreamers in Baseball Land Bigger Dreams to Dream" as part of a "Collabrovisation" hosted by Geof Hewitt at the The Whammy Bar in Maple Corner, Vermont.
- On September 15, 2016 he read his recent quatrains "Unneighborly Tiff", "The Cool Kid", and "Something About It" as part of the Why Writers Write open mic with featured readings by author Yvonne Daley and poet George Mathon at the Book & Leaf Bookstore and Tea Shop in Brandon, Vermont.
- On April 26, 2016 he read several recent poems at the 19th annual open mic at Bear Pond Books in Montpelier as part of PoemCity Montpelier 2016.
- On April 23, 2016 he read several of his recent short poems and a couple of his sentence poems at Phoenix Books in Burlington as part of National Poetry Month.
- On March 13, 2016 he read his narrative poem "The Man Who Gave All the Dreamers in Baseball Land Bigger Dreams to Dream" and his word poem "The Tycoon Who Craved Macaroon" at the Greensboro United Church of Christ in Greensboro, Vermont for their Mud Season Follies—sharing stage with the incomparable Roger Waible, Jeff Pierpont, and Tom Anastasio (among other luminaries).
'Did you really write that? That was really, really, really good!'
- On February 13, 2016 he read his short poem "From Here to Kankakee" due to the reaction he got from a fellow Northeast Storyteller member:
To honor the lush refreshment table offerings he read "Consider My Love Your Sunday Brunch"; to help those in attendance better understand the true nature of love he shared "Only One 'I Love You'". He rounded out with his beat poem "Hold the World Together"—all as part of Love Poems in the Afternoon: Presented by the Northeast Storytellers at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum.
"That's the perfect poem!"
- The author read his word poem "The Tycoon Who Craved Macaroon" in the first round, his narrative poem "The Day God Invented Bluegrass" in the second, and—when that failed to determine the winner—his narrative poem "With the Passing of the Storm" in the third round of a poetry slam hosted by Geof Hewitt at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum in St. Johnsbury, Vermont on April 16, 2015 as a part of National Poetry Month. Dragging home the trophy was the incomparable Bill Biddle, who appeared on the front page of the local paper the next week for his accomplishment. ("Poetry Is The Point" 4.21.15)
- The author 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.'
- The author 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.
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions
CARL MABBS-ZENO, JUDGE
"Whisper Quiet paces its message, cleverly using the line breaks to hold attention on each phrase. It strongly evokes a natural experience without relying on familiar descriptions."
JUDITH JANOO, WRITER
"I'm truly delighted for you. You have a great poet's sensibility."
The People's Poet
- He composed extemporaneously commissioned poems on a variety of topics and themes, in diverse forms, for patrons at the Kindred Spirits multimedia event August 21, 2016 at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, where he shared his appearance with the presence and works of other notable talent, including: Shalom Gorewitz (organizer), Rachel Hades, Charlie Morrow, Eva Holden, Bob Joly, Jonathan Edwards, and others.
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