Darby Tench

Writing

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The Write Bio

Darby play Lesson Plan had its start at Ernest Thompson’s Whitebridge Farm screenwriters’ workshop in the summer of 2010. The following year, she entered a festival competion in Thetford, VT. Out of 80 entries, eight were chosen. Lesson Plan, a musical about university life, was among those selected.

Darby’s poetry has appeared in Antigone, Light Quarterly, Danse macabre, and Portsmouth Unabridged (an anthology of Seacoast poets). Her short fiction includes “The Thing That Ate Brooklyn” (Danse macabre). She is working on a second book, a translation of author Giovanni Verga’s Eva (1873). An excerpt has been published in The Dirty Goat, a journal of poetry and fiction in translation. Two of Darby’s poems in Italian were also published in this venue.

“My Parents,” a short story,  ranked among the top 5% in Glimmer Train’s September 2009 Best Start 50 competition. Darby has also published articles about Italian fiction, poetry and opera, along with translations and a book on 19th-century Italian author Giovanni Verga (Fictive Mediation and Mediated Fiction in the Novels of Giovanni Verga, 2005). 

Darby Tench’s poetry has appeared in Antigone, Light Quarterly, Danse macabre, and Portsmouth Unabridged (an anthology of Seacoast poets, 2003). Her short fiction includes “The Thing That Ate Brooklyn” (Danse macabre) and “My Parents,” which  ranked among the top 5% in Glimmer Train’s September 2009 Best Start 50 competition.

She lives in New Hampshire with her husband John, a jazz trumpeter and vocalist, and their bitey scratchy kitty cat, Rocco. She holds a Ph.D. in Italian from Yale, and performs frequently in Maine, Massachussetts and New Hampshire as a lyric soprano.