David R. Altman

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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 and several literary publications, including the American Journal of Poetry.  Altman is also a passionate outdoorsman and edits a blog called georgiabigsticks.com, about tournament bass fishing.  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.

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. His poem “Cold Remembered” was published in the Riza Press’ Multimedia Poetry and Art Journal in January 2020.

Altman, 69, is a columnist for MainStreet News, Inc. which operates five weekly newspapers serving northeast Georgia. He has been married for 46 years to his high school sweetheart, Lisa Roberts Altman. They have three grown daughters and seven grandkids. Altman is currently working on a third 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, Auden, Plath & Frost to great contemporary voices like David Bottoms, Richard Blanco, Alice Friman, Ted Kooser, Campbell McGrath, Sandra Meek, Kevin Young, Natasha Trethewey, William Wright and Matt Zapruder. 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.