March 5 – April 2  Our Neighbors, Ourselves Immigration Project, Book Discussion Series on The Good Braider, St. Peter’s Church, Londonderry, NH, Thursdays, 6:30 – 8.

January 21, 2020 Keynote InspirED Day, Lewiston, Maine part of the city’s  Professional Development Week for K-12 teachers

January, 2020 Krempels Center Writing and Reading Workshop

November 14-15 “Culturally Responsive Leadership” of the NH State Council on the Arts. I’m attending.  I’d love to meet you there. 

November 13, 2019 Bangor High School, The Welcoming Library program with the Civil Rights Team, Book Club, and Reading Club

November 13, 2019 Brewer High School, Maine. “Extraordinary Journeys: Bridges Across Cultures” and presentation on The Welcoming Library.  

October 12 Strawbery Banke, Children’s Literature Festival Portsmouth, NH

October 28 and 29 –  New England College – Poetry Bridging Continents bilingual reading with Chinese poets

September 28, 2019  Cook Memorial Library, Tamworth                       

“How to Listen” Friends of the Cook Memorial Library Annual Meeting

September 21, 2019 Wheaton Writing Academy Workshop 10:30 a.m.  “Writing for the Global Kid”

August 7 Conway Public Library,  a CLiF reading celebration

August 7 New Durham Public Library, a CLiF reading celebration; story program with Joseph’s Big Ride

July 25, Lewiston Middle School Summer Program I’ll join the school’s summer Book Club in Lewiston, Maine when they read The Good Braider

June 17, Laconia Children’s Author Tea, Belknap Mill, Laconia, NH, 5 – 7 p.m

some past events:

April 16, 2019  Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA Presentation for seminar on refugee literature

April 27-29 Monadnock Poetry Retreat  Leading fiction workshops with Diane Mulligan

February – June,  New Voices Readings, New Hampshire Humanities details to follow


November 13, 2018 Bakersfield School, Manchester, New Hampshire, Story programs with  Joseph’s Big Ride.  A  program in support of the Children’s Literacy Foundation – CLiF.  

November 9, 2018,  National Federation Conference, New Orleans. Presenting on New Hampshire Humanities’ work to bring children’s literature to incarcerated parents. 

EXIT WEST is the One Book One Manchester selection in NH’s immigrant city . I’m honored to share one of my refugee stories, Joseph’s Big Ride, with children of the city during events surrounding One Book One Manchester.

 September 25, 2018, 3:30 pm  West Manchester Branch Library, Storytime with Terry Farish          76 South Main Street, 2nd floor meeting room. Come, Listen to author Terry Farish as she presents a storytime for all ages on the topic of cultural awareness.  Activities and refreshments will be provided. For more information, please call 624-6550.

September 26, 2018; 3:30 pm, Manchester City Library, 405 Pine Street, Winchell Room. Come, Listen to local author Terry Farish as she presents a storytime for all ages on the topic of cultural awareness.  Activities and refreshments will be provided. For more information, please call 624-6560.

August 2  Goodwin Public Library, Farmington, NH

A CLiF summer reading Celebration and family storytelling program

June 25 Collegiate Charter School Lowell, MA

Writing Workshop with EL teachers.  Hoo- ray! I have so many ideas to share.

June 19  Bartlett Elementary School, A CLiF Year of the Book

program  in Goffstown, NH

May 18  Skype Visit with 8th graders who read The Good Braider,  Nathan Hale Middle School

Omaha, Nebraska

May and June, 2018  New Hampshire State Council on the Arts,  Broken Ground School, Concord, NH

I’m collaborating with Pujan Wagley, a Bhutanese-American dancer in a poetry and dance workshop.  Pujan is teaching the students traditional Nepali and Bollywood dance.

We’re having fun in the dance and poetry workshop. A poem to follow!

April 20, 2018  Dr. Crisp Elementary School, Nashua, NH, a Children’s Literacy Foundation “Year of the Book” program

Stories For Children with new neighbors from many countries of the world

March 29, 2018  Bates College Young Writers Program

Lewiston, Maine

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

St. John’s School. Keynote speaker

March 15, 2018  Writer’s Night  with Taylor Whiteside

Effingham, NH

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.”