Maggie Kemp has always had a love of nature. She came to New Hampshire in the 1990s to practice medicine.
Today, Maggie lives on a pond in Lempster, New Hampshire, with her husband and their dogs: long-haired miniature dachshund, Russell, and Bassett hound, Phoebe.
There she writes poetry and literature for children. A number of her poems can be found in journals, newspapers, and anthologies.
She also kayaks and watches loons and other critters on their pond. Sam, Fisherwoman: The Reel Story is Maggie’s first book.
“When I was growing up, my family spent much of the summer vacationing at Deep Creek Lake. My first memory at the lake was fishing with my older brothers. One morning, I woke first and decided that I would fish by myself. I followed the rules we had always followed to fish, but a problem developed when the fishing pole fell into the water. The memory of this event inspired me to write this story.”
In the summer, Maggie has a garden on her deck with Earthboxes. She grows many different herbs, tomatoes, and other vegetables in these high-yield, low-labor gardening systems. While gardening, she watches loons raise their chicks, and other wonders of pond life. She also listens to the wailing calls of loons.
Most months, September – June, Maggie can be seen at the poetry Hoot in Portsmouth, NH reading her work.