David R. Altman


Altman's professional writing career has included broadcast news, corporate speech writing, strategic communication plans, newspaper articles, movie reviews, author profiles, editorial and personal columns and, most recently, his first book of poetry. His poetry has been called "profound", "rare" and "insightful" by some of the country's great contemporary poets. He has been twice nominated for Georgia Author of the Year (GAYA) for two poetry chapbooks, and was named Finalist for GAYA for his 2023 chapbook Cold Remembered.

Altman has been writing newspaper columns since 2010 a sampling of which can be found here. He has written humor ("The Wife As Fishing Partner" & "Curse of the Grand Dogs"), serious ("Spielberg Misrepresents the South in 'Lincoln' & "Reflections on Life & Death: Three Wise Men Who Touched My Life") and often about the realities of living in the north Georgia mountains ("Who's Killing Our Bears" and "Postcard from Destin: Don't Leave the Mountains"). His book reviews have included works by Georgia authors as well as national best-sellers, including Walter Issakson's Elon Musk and Kristin Hannah's The Women.

Fifteen years into his "retirement", Altman's wide range of work is continuing, as he is currently working on a personal memoir and another collection of poetry.

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