David R. Altman, an Ohio native who resides in Hoschton, Georgia, was nominated for Georgia Author of the Year for his 2014 chapbook, Death in the Foyer (Finishing Line Press). His poem "Picking Up My Crying Father at the Airport" was published in the July 2017 edition of the American Journal of Poetry and his poem “Turning Away from Sarah McLachlan” was published in the December 2017 edition of the Blue Mountain Review. Altman is the Books & Writers Editor of the Pickens County Progress in Jasper, Ga., and in 2019 began writing a column for MainStreet News, which owns five papers in northeast Georgia. He also authors a blog called georgiabigsticks.com, which focuses on tournament bass fishing in his home state of Georgia. Altman is currently working on a second collection of poems and a memoir.
What are your favorite poems and quotes? Altman shares with us some of his all time favorites, with classic poems from Dickinson and Frost to great contemporary voices like Ted Kooser, Richard Blanco, David Bottoms, Kevin Young, Campbell McGrath, Natasha Trethewey, Alice Friman and William Wright. Besides selected poems by these remarkable poets, you will find some of Altman's favorite quotes--quotes that make us think and feel, ranging from Dante and Angelou to Faulkner and Heaney.
Altman's professional writing career has included broadcast news copywriting, corporate speech writing, strategic communication plans, newspaper articles, editorial and personal columns and, most recently, book reviews and author profiles for a number of weekly newspapers in north Georgia. He has also published in the Athens Banner-Herald, atlantadailyworld.com, several literary publications. Altman is a passionate outdoorsman, and has also written for Georgia Outdoor News, where he has written about bass fishing, his passion when he is not writing. He profiles the people who make tournament bass fishing a great sport. But poetry remains his first love. His first book of poetry, Death in the Foyer, was published in 2014, and has been called "profound", "rare" and "insightful" by some of the country's great contemporary poets.