David R. Altman

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David R. Altman is a freelance writer living in Hoschton, Georgia.  A native of Zanesville, Ohio, Altman's family moved to the Atlanta area in 1966. After graduating with a degree in journalism from Georgia State University, Altman spent nearly 35 years working first as a television news producer and later as a corporate vice president. He currently is a part-time columnist for Mainstreet News, which owns five weekly newspapers in northeast Georgia. Altman was named the Finalist for Georgia Author of the Year by the Georgia Writers Association in 2024 for his poetry chapbook, Cold Remembered (Finishing Line Press, 2023).

His poetry influences came early in his life, where he was first inspired by Frost, Eliot, Tennyson, Yeats and Auden (whom he saw in the early seventies at Agnes Scott College). In 2014, at the age of 62, Altman returned to his Alma Mater, Georgia State University, to study poetry under the late David Bottoms, Georgia’s former Poet Laureate and author of nine books of poetry.

When he is not writing, Altman can often be found on the water. He is an avid bass fisherman and has competed in more than 50 professional tournaments in the past 10 years. Altman believes there is a spiritual connection between the fisherman and the poet.

Altman and his high-school sweetheart Lisa have been married for forty-nine years. They have three daughters, seven grandkids, and four (active) granddogs.