WRITER in Residence – Daryl Farmer

Daryl Farmer is a writer living in Fairbanks, Alaska. He is the author of two books: Bicycling beyond the Divide,  a nonfiction travel narrative, and Where We Land, a collection of short fictional stories. His recent work has appeared in The Whitefish ReviewHayden’s Ferry Review, and Gingerbread House. He is an associate professor at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

“I write to break through the chaotic maelstrom of my mind. Maelstrom: a powerful often violent whirlpool sucking in objects within a given radius. I write to stop it, to slow it down, organize those objects in a way that makes sense. In writing, I move from chaos to order. From this order, on my best days, I skirt the edges of peace and feel its cold spray on my face. I write to remember: to place my feet on the ground of the past, look around me and wonder at who I once was, who I am now. I write in hopes that my words will provoke thought or memories in readers.

For me, the writing process begins not on the page, but in awareness: of the sensory details that surround us, of the way that stories inhabit our lives, of our own thoughts, ideas and memories. Some of the best training I received for writing was in photography school, where the eye was trained to notice all the nuances of light and to frame details from close-up to a wider view.

In my recent writing, I have been examining more closely the role of setting and how it works not as backdrop to character’s lives, but as central to how they live, and how they perceive the world. A lot of my work is also fueled by an insatiable fascination with cultural geography, history, and identity. I believe writing—like all art–can help us all understand human connections, with the natural world, with the culture that surrounds us, and with each other.”
Links to examples of work –https://gingerbreadhouselitmag.com/2015/04/29/the-chestnut-trees-the-wishing-well/    http://gristonlinecompanion.com/daryl-farmer-2/