March 3, 2018  Betty Curtis Worcester County Young Writer’s Conference

St. John’s School. Keynote speaker

March 15, 2018  Writer’s Night

Effingham, NH

March 29, 2018  Bates College Young Writers Program

Brunswick, Maine

December 2017,  Wolfeboro Area Children’s Center

School presentation for CLiF grant award winners with Joseph’s Big Ride

December 11, 2017 Burke Town School

West Burke, VT, Presenting to 7th and 8 the classes

November 4, 2017  Humanities Federation

Panel presentation, Boston, MA

October 11, 2017  Portland High School

Presentation for Freshman Class who participated in an all-class read of The Good Braider

Some Recent Presentations

April 21 – 23  NESCBWI  17

Spring Conference “Expand and Diversify Your Portfolio” of the New England chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.  I’m presenting a session with Susan Lynn Meyer on writing across cultural borders.

April 26  Erskine Academy

South China, Maine,  Presentations for students on The Good Braider and  “Children and War

“I loved the blend of factual grounding with the writing of the novel. I think that it is really important for the students to see how a story is created and that there is a real person wielding the words. Touch one mind! Touch the world!” Crystal Shamas-Douglas, Librarian

April 28 – 30 Monadnock Poet’s Retreat

July 8  Books in Boothbay Lit Festival 

Boothbay Harbor, Maine

July 19, 2017  Lawrence Public Library

Summer Reading Story Program

March and April  New Hampshire Humanities book discussion series – Connections with Immigrants and Refugees

Salem, NH, Exeter, NH, and Concord, NH

April 5 and 6  Elizabethtown College

Reading and meeting with Young Adult Literature Classes

Elizabethtown, PA

April 10  Women’s Prison, Concord, NH I’ll join the women’s book discussion about The Good Braider.

April 12,  ’17  Lawrence Public Library  National Library Week program with Joseph’s Big Ride.

January 4 and 18, 2017 New Franklin School, Portsmouth, NH

Programs with Luis Paints the World and Joseph’s Big Ride with an amazing 21st Century After School Organization, Making Classroom and Community Connections.














January 11, 2017  Krempels Center

Porstmouth, NH on “A Writer’s Life”

January 13, 2017  Freeport Community Library, Camden, Maine

I will be part of a book discussion of The Good Braider held in conjunction with the 2017 Camden Conference. The theme of the conference is Refugees and Global Migration: Humanity’s Crisis

February 16, 2017     St. Paul’s School

Concord, New Hampshire.

Here’s a St. Paul’s School feature about my  program.




December 9, 2016 Greater Lawrence  Tech High School

With students creating a region-wide Early Literacy Project



Artists add to the sidewalk mural at the Bread & Roses Festival

Sept. 5, 1:30 – 3 p.m. Bread and Roses Festival, Lawrence, Massachusetts  Luis Paints the World set in Lawrence, MA. Story program and reader’s theatre followed by signing at the Lawrence Public Library tent.

Sept. 27,11 a.m Boston Public Library . Boston Author’s Club Awards   I will accept for Either the Beginning or the End of the World, a BAC Award finalist.

CS logoCommunity Stories: Soldiers Home and Away, Oct. & Nov.

I’m presenting in this NH Humanities series in several libraries in southern New Hampshire.  New Hampshire Humanities Calendar writes:

For fourteen years, America has been mired in war, war being waged by less than one percent of the population. The relatively small number of active military service members has widened a cultural gulf between the military and civilian sectors. Enter the humanities!

Community story dates are in blue. I’ll present Luis Paints the World in several libraries.  In Hampstead, on Oct. 27, I’ll present a program for adults and teens about Either the Beginning or the End of the World

Friday Oct. 7, 4 p.m. Plaistow Public Library, Family Program.

Luis Paints the World  –  A picture book portrait of a military family.  I’ll present the story with slides and invite families to join in a reader’s theatre; then together we’ll create a mural the way Luis does in the story.

Wednesday, Oct. 12,  4 p.m. Sandown Public Library, Luis Paints the World

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 6:30 p.m. Atkinson Public Library, Luis Paints the World

Thursday, Oct. 27, 4 p.m. Hampstead Public Library, Family Program – Luis Paints the World

Thursday, Oct. 27,  7 p.m. Hampstead Public Library, Teen & Adult Program “Coming Home”: Reading and Discussion of Either the Beginning or the End of the World, a New Hampshire novel about veterans and family, with the author, Terry Farish. Leslie Pasternack, director of “Make Sure It’s Me” about traumatic brain injury in the military, will lead a discussion of the novel.

Friday, November 4 at 4  p.m. Salem Public Library, Family Program – Luis Paints the World

Wednesday November 9 at 6:30 p.m. Newton Public Library, Family Program – Luis Paints the World

October 15,  10:30 – 1:30 MWPA Workshop,  “Writing Our Cultural Mosaic”  Register with the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance

“Immigrants bring the world to the U.S., and the stories they share illuminate the world outside the single lens of one’s own family and community. In this workshop, participants will look at examples of writing for and about young adults that bring cultures face-to-face.

Attendees will learn research methods for writing about an ethnicity not their own, as well as approaches to surmount the challenges of writing not what they know but what they seek to understand. Through writing prompts that explore ways to bring the world beyond our borders into a story, participants will discover how creating a cultural mosaic in literature adds complexity to characterization and storytelling.”

Nov. 5,  Strawbery Bank Children’s Author Festival, Portsmouth, NH









Nov. 7, Porter Square Books, Cambridge, Massachusetts  Reading and Signing with Megan Frazer Blakemore and Sashi Kaufman