Lyford, Tom (1946 - )

Genre: Poetry

Poet and essayist Tom Lyford was born in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, graduated from Foxcroft Academy, and received his B.S. degree in Education (English major, history minor) from Farmington State College (now the University of Maine at Farmington). He then worked as a high school English teacher in various Maine towns, including ten years in Mexico, ME (where he served as English Department Head for six years) and, for the last 23 years of his teaching career, at Foxcroft Academy. He is currently a library clerk at Thompson Free Library in Dover-Foxcroft.

His poems and essays have been published in publications such as Sakana, Bangor Metro, Off the Coast, Wolf Moon Press Journal, Up North, and The Bangor Daily News. Lyford has been a presenting poet at Winter Harbor's Schoodic Arts Festival, has co-read with Belfast's Poet Laureate, Elizabeth Garber, at Bangor's Borders bookstore, was a featured poet at Camden Library's Spring Poetry Series and at Damariscotta's "A Symphony of Poets," and has been a featured reader at The Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, ME.

Selected Bibliography

  • Pleasant Street : a chapbook of baby boomer ballads & poems (2005)
  • Poetic license (2005)
  • On becoming a man of substance : the adventure (2006)
  • Americana (2006)
  • Kilroy was here, me too (2009)
  • Work aversion trauma : a lifetime of suffering (2009)