John McFarland

N/A 13716 Lake City Way NE
Seattle, WA 98125

Author's Bio

I was born, raised and educated in Cambridge, Massachusetts. If I hadn’t left to teach economics in Bolivia as a Peace Corps Volunteer, I’d probably still be there. While working as a research economist and a complex litigation paralegal, I have published short fiction and essays in such distinguished literary journals as Ararat and Caliban as well as in the anthologies The Next Parish Over: A Collection of Irish-American Writing (New Rivers Press, 1993), The Book Group Book (Chicago Review Press, 1995 and 2000) and The Isherwood Century: Essays on the Life and Work of Christopher Isherwood (University of Wisconsin Press, 2000). I also regularly contribute reviews on business, economics and social policy titles to Shelf Awareness (

Publications and Prizes

(Arsenal Pulp Press, 1998)
, The Exploding Frog & Other Fables
(Little, Brown & Co., 1981)
, The Next Parish Over
(New Rivers Press, 1993)
Charmed Lives
(Lethe Press, 2006)
Ararat, Caliban, Cricket, Mediphors, Stringtown
Prizes Won: 
One of the Best Illustrated Books of 1981, for The Exploding Frog and Other Fables from Aesop (Little Brown, 1981: Parents Choice Magazine First Place, Children’s Picture Book Category, “A Secret of the Andes”: Pacific Northwest Writers Conference, Summer 1992 Winner of Short Fiction Contest, for “Not Needing, Needing”: Frontiers Newsmagazine (Los Angeles), 2003

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert (trans. Francis Steegmuller)
American Adulterer by Jed Mercurio

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Fiction Writer
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Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender, Seniors
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Cambridge, MA
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Last updated: Aug 21, 2016