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Henry Garfield's Biography

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Elaine D. Garfield, RN
Mar 2008

Henry Garfield is the author of five published novels, hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles, a few dozen short stories, numerous poems of varying length, and a handful of songs

Conceived on New Year's Eve and named after Hank Williams (his parents unaware that the legendary singer's given name was Hiram), Henry Garfield was born in Philadelphia on September 4, 1957, one month before the launching of Sputnik. He moved with his family to the Maine Coast just in time to get caught up in the 1967 American League pennant race and become a Red Sox fan for life. The author's great-great-grandfather was James A. Garfield, the twentieth U.S. President.

The author followed in the footsteps of the President's four sons by attending St. Paul's School in Concord, NH, from which he graduated in 1976. After undergraduate studies in English, History, and Astronomy at Beloit College in Wisconsin, the University of Maine, and San Diego State University, he took most of two decades to begin a career as a novelist before earning his MFA in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine in 2004, the same year his historical novel The Lost of John Cabot was published by Simon and Schuster.

He is the proud father of two grown children: a daughter, Polaris, and a son, Rigel. The author raised both as a single parent and dedicated his first novel, Moondog (published by St. Martin's Press in 1995) to them. Polaris recently graduated cum laude in English from the University of Maine; Rigel is studying filmmaking at San Diego City College.

Hank spent most of the 1980s and 1990s in Southern California before returning to Maine in 1999. He now lives in Bangor, Maine with his second wife, Elaine Garfield, RN, who works in the surgical department at a local hospital. He teaches writing at the University of Maine and is a contributing editor and feature writer for Bangor Metro Magazine.


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