Q&A with author Crash Barry

August 12th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »


Author Crash Barry, whose resume includes farming, bartending, journalism, janitor and sailor, will talk about his new book, “Marijuana Valley,” on Friday, Aug. 22, at the Freeport Community Library.

Barry, who says he writes about “the seamy side of life in Maine,” will talk about just that – and more – beginning at 7 p.m.

Barry was born in 1968 in Springfield, Mass., where he grew up. “As a 20-year old community college dropout, I enlisted in the Coast Guard and ended up stationed aboard a 210-foot cutter on the Piscataqua River between Portsmouth and Kittery,” Barry said. “Our job was to patrol from the Gulf of Maine to the Gulf of Mexico, fighting the war on drugs and the war on Haitian refugees. After getting out of the service, I went to live on Matinicus, Maine’s most remote inhabited island, working as a sternman on a lobster boat. (The gritty tales from that era are the basis of my memoir, ‘Tough Island.’). From Matinicus, I moved to Gorham to attend the University of Southern Maine for a couple years until somehow getting hired as a reporter for the American Journal, the Tri-Town Weekly’s sister paper in Westbrook.”

The next couple decades were a mix of newspaper and radio jobs interspersed with bouts of hard physical labor.

“For the last half-dozen years, I’ve focused on acquiring agricultural skills and clearing land while writing books about the seamy side of life in Maine. My wife and I live on a homestead in the foothills of

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