Polly Farquhar grew up in a small town in upstate New York, graduated from the University at Albany, and then moved to Ohio, earning her MFA in Creative Writing from the Ohio State University. Some of her stories for grown-ups have been published in literary magazines, but she knew she should be writing books for kids one night when she read her children Owl Moon by Jane Yolen.
Like Lolo, she sometimes canoes in a lightweight canoe. Like Isaac in Itch, she has idiopathic angioedema and didn’t know much about OSU football until she moved to Ohio. Like Sydney and Homer, both of her children manage multiple life-threatening food allergies. If she’s not at the library with her kids or reading a book, you can find her baking (or eating) dairy-free, peanut-free, tree nut-free, and sesame-free desserts.
Wondering how to say Farquhar? It kind of rhymes with car: FAR-kwar.
Polly is represented by Alyssa Eisner Henkin at Birch Path Literary.