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Fred Gerhard: Drifting to Hello

June 8 @ 2:30 pm 4:00 pm

The poems in this collection of Fred Gerhard’s work range considerably: from Victorian rooms to the Pennsylvania and New England landscapes he knows intimately; from the psychology of inner experience to the dance of interpersonal relationships; from the noise of the trains that run through all of our lives (and occasionally crash into walls) to the quiet of the “dark grape taste of twilight.” Likewise, Gerhard’s diverse poetic techniques run the gamut from lucid and conversational free verse to skillful and musical rhyme. Throughout, he crafts memorable lines and indelible images, giving (as he puts it in his tribute to Edgar Allan Poe) “consonant to forlorn sound”-and to the sound of joy. You can BUY THE BOOK HERE.

His poems have appeared in Amethyst Review, Asylum Magazine, Attachment, Black Moon Magazine, Cacti Fur, Door is a Jar Magazine, Entropy Magazine, Friends Journal, Global Poemic, Harpy Hybrid Review, Heavy Feather Review, Monadnock Underground, Otherwise Engaged Literature and Arts Journal, Pif Magazine, POETiCA REViEW, Sylvia Magazine, Wild Musette Journal, and other magazines and anthologies. His chapbook, Lilacs Still Bloom in Ashburnham: Songs of Spring (Local Gems Poetry Press), came out in 2023, and a second edition from Petronella Press in 2024. His ekphrastic poetry has been on exhibit in the Creative Connections art gallery, and the New Dawn Arts Center, both in Ashburnham, Massachusetts. His poetry has also been voiced by actor Kirk Lawrence-Howard in Bespoke Vocals, as seen on YouTube. He is one of the 2023 winners of the Poetry in the Pines contest and his work is installed on the trails at the Cathedral in the Pines in Rindge, New Hampshire.

He was the editor for the Chelmsford Poetry Review, and is currently an editor for Quabbin Quills press anthologies, and for Smoky Quartz – An Online Journal of Literature & Art.

Fred Gerhard is one of the founders of the New Dawn Writers’ Group in Ashburnham where he leads monthly poetry workshops, and helps host open mic nights. For many years he ran a poetry therapy group at Community Healthlink in Worcester, MA. He was one of the founding members of the Concord Poetry Center. He currently runs a Facebook group to help bring together and support local poets and authors. He is a member of Poets & Writers, the Worcester County Poetry Association, the Monadnock Writers’ Group, and the New England Poetry Club, and thrives on taking part in readings and getting to know other poets.

In addition, Fred Gerhard is a clinical psychologist, operator of antique trolleys, museum guide, folk dancer, musician, runner, and hiker. He particularly enjoys sitting on his porch and spending time with family, friends, and a tortoise named Twyla.

Fred Gerhard

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