David Poyer Biography
David Poyer was born in DuBois, PA
in 1949. He grew up in Brockway, Emlenton, and Bradford, in western
Pennsylvania, and graduated from Bradford Area High School in 1967. He graduated
from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1971, and later received a master's
degree from George Washington University.
Poyer's active and reserve naval service included sea duty in the Atlantic,
Mediterranean, Arctic, Caribbean, and Pacific, and shore duty at the Pentagon,
Surface Warfare Development Group, Joint Forces Command, and in Saudi Arabia and
Bahrain. He retired in July 2001.
Poyer began writing in 1976, and is the author of nearly thirty books to date,
including The Med, The Gulf, The Circle, The Passage, Tomahawk, China Sea,
Black Storm, The Command and The Threat, best-selling Navy novels;
The Dead of Winter, Winter in the Heart, As the Wolf Loves Winter and
Thunder on the Mountain, set in the Pennsylvania hills; and Hatteras
Blue, Bahamas Blue, Louisiana Blue and Down to a Sunless Sea,
underwater diving adventure. Other noteworthy books are The Only Thing To
Fear, a historical thriller, The Return of Philo McGiffin, a comic
novel of Annapolis, and the three volumes of The Civil War at Sea,
Fires on the Waters, A Country of Our Own and That Anvil of Our Souls.
His work has been published in Britain, translated into Japanese, Dutch, and
Italian, recorded for audiobooks, and selected by the Literary Guild and
Doubleday Book Club. Rights to several properties have been sold or optioned for
films. His most recent work is Ghosting, published in November 2010 by St. Martin's Press. The Towers will be published n August 2011.
Poyer has taught or lectured at Annapolis, Flagler College, University of
Pittsburgh, Old Dominion University, the Armed Forces Staff College, the
University of North Florida, Christopher Newport University, and other
institutions. He has been a guest on PBS's "Writer to Writer" series and on
Voice of America, and has appeared at the Southern Festival of Books and many
other literary events. He appears annually at the First Coast Writers' Festival
in Florida and is part of the faculty for the MA and MFA in Creative Writing
program at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre. He lives on Virginia's Eastern
Shore with his wife, novelist Lenore Hart, and their daughter.
This biography was last updated on 08/09/2011.
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