Fred Gerhard

About the poet

Fred Gerhard’s book, Drifting to "Hello" (Khotso Publishing, 2023) is out now!

His poems have appeared in Amethyst Review, Asylum Magazine, Attachment, Black Moon Magazine, Cacti Fur, Door is a Jar Magazine, Entropy Magazine, Friends Journal, Global Poemic, Harpy Hybrid Review, Heavy Feather Review, Monadnock Underground, Otherwise Engaged Literature and Arts Journal, Pif Magazine, POETiCA REViEW, Sylvia Magazine, Wild Musette Journal, and other magazines and anthologies. His chapbook, Lilacs Still Bloom in Ashburnham: Songs of Spring (Local Gems Poetry Press), came out in 2023, and a second edition from Petronella Press in 2024.  His ekphrastic poetry has been on exhibit in the Creative Connections art gallery, and the New Dawn Arts Center, both in Ashburnham, Massachusetts. His poetry has also been voiced by actor Kirk Lawrence-Howard in Bespoke Vocals, as seen on YouTube. He is one of the 2023 winners of the Poetry in the Pines contest and his work is installed on the trails at the Cathedral in the Pines in Rindge, New Hampshire.


He was the editor for the Chelmsford Poetry Review, and is currently an editor for Quabbin Quills press anthologies, and for Smoky Quartz - An Online Journal of Literature & Art.


Fred Gerhard is one of the founders of the New Dawn Writers’ Group in Ashburnham where he leads monthly poetry workshops, and helps host open mic nights. For many years he ran a poetry therapy group at Community Healthlink in Worcester, MA. He was one of the founding members of the Concord Poetry Center. He currently runs a Facebook group to help bring together and support local poets and authors. He is a member of Poets & Writers, the Worcester County Poetry Association, the Monadnock Writers’ Group, and the New England Poetry Club, and thrives on taking part in readings and getting to know other poets.


In addition, Fred Gerhard is a clinical psychologist, operator of antique trolleys, museum guide, folk dancer, musician, runner, and hiker. He particularly enjoys sitting on his porch and spending time with family, friends, and a tortoise named Twyla.