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:
National Poetry Month: April 2015
As a part of 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
- 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.
- 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).
- The author read his narrative poem "With the Passing of the Storm" at the 44th annual Poetry-in-the-Barn at Knoll Farm in Fayston, Vermont on August 2, 2014. His reading was captured in loving color on the front page of The Valley Reporter—"Serving the Mad River Valley Since 1971"— Volume 44 Number 15 (August 7, 2014).
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