Michael Farry has been writing poetry since 2004. He is a founder member of Boyne Writers Group, Trim and was editor of the group's magazine Boyne Berries from its beginning until summer 2014.
He has had poetry published in magazines and anthologies including, in Ireland, The Shop, Cyphers, Crannóg, The Stony Thursday Book, The Penny Dreadful; in the UK, Acumen, The Frogmore Papers, Prole; in Regime in Australia; in the Soliloquies Anthology Canada and in the Imagination and Place Anthology, USA.
He has had many poems shortlisted and commended in poetry competitions in Ireland and the UK. In 2016 he won first prize in the Robert Monteith Poetry Competition, the WOW Poetry Awards and the Goldsmith Poetry Competition. In 2014 he won the Dromineer Poetry Competition and in 2013 he won the Siarscéal Poetry Competition, Roscommon and the Fermoy Poetry Competition.
He has read at most of the regular poetry reading events in Ireland.
His chapbook, The Hawk’s Rock – A Poetry Sequence, was published as part of a collaboration with Sligo artist, Conor Gallagher, in September 2010.
He is one of the writers included in the Meath/Cavan Arts Offices LitLab initiative. He has attended workshops and courses with various poets in Ireland, including Nessa O'Mahony and Paul Muldoon and an Arvon poetry course in the UK with poets Colette Bryce and Matthew Hollis.
He was selected for Poetry Ireland Introductions in 2011 and his first collection, Asking for Directions, was published by Doghouse Books, Tralee in May 2012.