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Poppy de Garmo

The short version

Frances is an award-winning writer and editor with 20 years in publishing, including books, magazines, print, and digital. She teaches writing workshops and serves as writing coach and consultant on creative and technical projects. Her essays, articles, book reviews, and short stories appear in numerous literary and consumer magazines. The author of two biographies and a memoir, To Have Not, about growing up poor in 1970s San Francisco, she is now at work on a book about learning to surf at age 36.

As founder and director of the grant-funded Community Memoir Project, she also brings occasional free memoir-writing workshops to public libraries and community centers, and publishes anthologies of these under-represented voices.

The long version

EDITING Former Senior Editor of Body+Soul (aka Martha Stewart’s Whole Living) and Associate Editor of Hope magazine, Frances developedhundreds of articles on food, nutrition, health, wellness, travel, arts, books, and culture. She then ran the books section at Body+Soul as a contributing editor, before becoming Good Housekeeping's book reviewer, covering almost 300 fiction and nonfiction titles, including books from John Irving, Amy Tan, Donna Tartt, Jeanette Walls, and Toni Morrison. She is the editor of print and e-books, including numerous titles on computer technologies for Manning Publications; the anthology Every Woman Has A Story; Feral City by Alison Luterman; Dying To Please: Anorexia Treament & Recovery by psychotherapist Avis Rumney; and four anthologies from the Community Memoir Project, through her own imprint, Paper in My Shoe Press.


WRITING Essays, articles, interviews, and book reviews appear in consumer and trade publications, including Good Housekeeping, National Geographic, Health, Natural Health, Martha Stewart's Whole Living, Body+Soul, San Francisco Chronicle, Utne Reader, Poets & Writers, Island Journal Portland Monthly, Portland Press Herald, and more. Her fiction, flash fiction, personal essays, and creative nonfiction appear in The Sun, Tin House, Glimmer Train, Frederick Barthelme’s New World Writing, Fiction, Memoir Journal, Superstition Review, Catamaran Literary Review, Passages North, and other literary journals.


HONORS & AWARDS Pushcart Prize Honorable Mention (thrice)…Best American Essays Notable Essay (thrice)…James Beard Journalism Awards for Food Writing (runner up to the New Yorker’s Bill Buford-profile of Mario Batali!)…the Fellowship in Literature from Rhode Island State Council on the Arts…CalHumanities Community Stories grant…San Francisco Foundation Koshland Arts & Culture grant…Martin Dibner Maine Writers Award…West Marin Writer in Residence. . . Hedgebrook residency… Mesa Refuge...


EVENTS & APPEARANCES A presenter at the AWP (Association of Writing Programs) annual conference and frequent curator at San Francisco’s LitQuake, Frances has read with Michael Ondaatje, William Least Heat-Moon, Kim Addonizio, Steve Almond, Molly Giles, Pamela Painter, and many others, at the California Writers Club, Radar Reading series, Writers With Drinks, Why There Are Words, and other literary events. She has led workshops in memoir and fiction at several writing retreats, including Omega Institute’s Memoir Festival (with Cheryl Strayed, Malachy McCourt, and Alphie McCourt); The Sun magazine’s annual Into the Fire writing retreats in Big Sur and North Carolina; Catamaran Literary Reader's writing conference; and Memoir Journal's Master Classes in Memoir.


The even longer version