• Why Verse? Why Writers Write Verse Novels and Why Readers Love Them

    In celebration of Poetry Month I’m re-posting an article I wrote for School Library Journal on why writers write verse novels and why reader’s love them.

  • A Feast for Joseph Honors Grandmothers

    In a Feast for Joseph by OD Bonny and me, Joseph imagines the day when his grandmother will travel from South Sudan to Portland, Maine where he now lives. Illustrator Ken Daley makes the grandmother ever present in the book as Joseph imagines the day she will come. Here’s a sneak preview of Ken’s illustration….



ONLINE Mass Poetry Fest, May 15, 10:15 a.m. "Veteran Poets Reading Veteran Poets" Panel with Terry Farish, Karen Scofield, Jimmy Pappas, and Rodger Martin. https://masspoetry.org/aboutthefestival

Reading List:   Veteran Poets Reading Veterans’ Poems

Mass Poetry Festival  May 15, 2021

I'm reading

“12 Evac” by Terry Farish
Adaptation from Flower Shadows by Terry Farish, William Morrow, 1992.

“Unanswered” by Do Nguyen Mai
Do, Mai N. (2019) "Three Poems: Charges Against a Newborn; Unanswered; For the First Generation," Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement: Vol. 14 : Iss. 1 , Article 3. DOI: 10.7771/2153-8999.1183 Available at: https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/jsaaea/vol14/iss1/3

“I’m Tired of Grieving” by Na’ema Mawdadi


ONLINE Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library Meet the Author Series, Lovell, Maine, March 25, 2021. 7-8 p.m. Children’s book writer and my friend Elizabeth Atkinson and I will interview each other about our work writing for children and teens.

ONLINE Performance:  Tiny Mayhem, February 12, 2021. 8 p.m.
Showcase of new performance work by emerging and established makers.  The theater group  has included my short play, "Something Gold," performed by Bill Humphreys and Kate Kirkwood. Tickets here:  https://www.nhtheatreproject.org/showdetail/tiny-mayhem-14319058

ONLINE Writers Workshop, The Krempels Center, January 27, 2021. "God Got a Dog" and More Prompts about Animals We Love.

ONLINE Workshop: Writing a Picture Book, January and February https://www.cityofportsmouth.com/library/news/picturebook

In this two-week workshop, participants will explore word by word and image by image how a few picture books are made. Please join me to explore the narrative components that help a picture book sing.  Register at the link above.

Children's Literacy Foundation, Zoom story telling.  February 10  1 - 2 p.m. Register here - https://clifonline.org/terry-farish-author/

On-line Book Club, February 23, Portsmouth, NH, The Good Braider

Recent Past Events

Thompson Free Library Reading Group on zoom. Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. Dec. 10. I joined the Thompson Library’s reading group who read The Good Braider. I like that I can meet readers in places that seemed far away. Dover-Foxcroft is a small town about half way between Bangor and way far north in Jackman.

Lemon Punch Theater Lab, New Plays on Zoom, including my short play, "Something Gold" Nov. 7, 7 p.m. Register here:  https://lemonpunchtheatrelab.com/product/playwriting-showcase/

Veteran Poets Reading Veterans November 11, 2020, 7:30 p.m.   Terry Farish, Rodger Martin, Jimmy Pappas, Karen Skolfield, Kyle Potvin. Sponsored by The Worcester County Poetry Association, Mason Library, Keene State College, and others. rmartin1@keene.edu

Strawbery Banke Virtual Children's Book Festival Nov. 14, 10-2  Register here https://www.strawberybanke.org/events/childrens-authors-festival.cfm

Zoom Book Club reading The Good Braider, Nov. 24, 6:30 p.m.

Monadnock Pastoral Poets and Writers Conference August 28 – August 30, 2020. CX but returning in 2021. With writer Diane Mulligan, I'll lead the fiction workshops. http://monadnockpastoralpoets.org/