Michael J. Farrand

Michael J. Farrand

Michael J. Farrand—poet, lyricist, playwright, screenwriter, blogger, essayist—has been noted for writing throughout his life, early showing promise with short stories, improvisational lyrics, and poetry. In his professional career as a management consultant his writing skills were relied upon for explaining technical complexities to the non-technical, working up government proposals, and developing related publications.

He first turned his pen to plays and screenplays, after leaving the corporate world, and then to lyrics and poetry. In becoming a dramatic writer, he developed certain theories about the nature of this form of writing, which he employed to develop Story Dynamics—a way of understanding and developing the underlying forces that drive a good dramatic story. He compiled the Magic Star of Dramatic Writing from the essential wisdom of classical and contemporary experts as a supplemental aid.

Screenwriting guidance he offers in "How to Write a Screenplay" results largely from his own experiences writing screenplays, and five years as administrator of the Empire Screenplay Contest. He teaches screenwriting online and in-person, while offering script consulting services.

Samples of his article writing can be found at his blog by clicking on the "samples" label in the topics "cloud" lower right. Examples of his essay writing include On Rulemaking and Representative Democracy for the Modern Era: a Proposed Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The author appears as The People's Poet at gatherings and events, and creates custom poems on request for a variety of purposes. He offers writing services to various clients, a description of which may be found at his blog.


The author as has begun publication of his poetry in book form, starting with ebooks. The first of his books of poetry include:

A collection of his quatrains was published April 21, 2016 through Amazon Kindle under the title The Man Who Didn't Exist The ebook is available in a variety of formats.

The book presents a selection of fifty nine of his four-line poems on a variety of topics–including love, life, place, wheels, philosophy. Some poems are light verse, intending to be humorous. Others have a little more weight.

Each poem is paired with an image to add perspective.

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

The author has been the recipient of awards, honors, and distinctions, including:

  • The author's beat poem "Homage" was selected to appear in The Best of the Burlington Writers Workshop 2017, the fifth annual anthology.
  • "The utterly unique style and out-of-the-box thinking of this poem drew us in. Congratulations!."

  • He was awarded third place in the J. Richard Barry Memorial Award on October 15, 2016 for his short poem "Whisper Quiet" which came with a winning certificate (see below) and a check for $5. The contest is one of six Summer Contests hosted each year by the Poetry Society of Vermont
  • "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."

    "I'm truly delighted for you. You have a great poet's sensibility."

  • He was named named poet laureate for 2000-2001 of Rapunzel's in Lovingston, Virginia by then proprietor Bob Taylor—who had attended who had attended the author's first poetry reading at famed Prism Cafe in Charlottesville.


The author's works have been published numerous times in print as a journalist and through the U.S. government printing office for his petroleum industry research-related publications. His 1,500+ poems are published at this website (earlier writings), and his author blog (more recent). A small handful of them were printed in a self-published chapbook in Charlottesville, Virginia in the year 2000. His poetry has appeared in a number of other places, including:


The author's blog, Far and Few Between, exhibits his more recent poems with related imagery, Samples of his article writing can be found samples of his article/essay writing, and his ongoing take on contemporary life in other forms. It also includes a description of the writing/editing services he offers, as well as other pertinent pages.

The People's Poet

The author appears at various events as The People's Poet, composing poems extemporaneously on a variety of topics and themes and in diverse forms, as commissioned by those in attendance. His presence may be arranged via email. He creates custom poems on request for diverse purposes.

  • He appeared in this guise at the Kindred Spirits multimedia event August 21, 2016 at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, where he shared his presence with other notable talent, including: Shalom Gorewitz (organizer), Rachel Hades, Charlie Morrow, Eva Holden, Bob Joly, Jonathan Edwards, and others.


The author appears at various readings, from open mics to special events. His presence may be arranged via email. Examples of his appearances in recent years include:

2016 2015 2014

Public Postings

The author's poetic works have been posted publicly as part of various programs, including:

National Poetry Month: April 2016 National Poetry Month: April 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

    Poetry Alive! Montpelier 2011

    Writer Associations

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    Curriculum Vitae

    The author's qualifications as a writer, actor, and professional may be found here:

    © 2016 by Michael J. Farrand

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