George Michelsen Foy

George Michelsen Foy is the author of Finding North: How Navigation Makes Us Human and Zero Decibels: The Quest for Absolute Silence, as well as twelve critically acclaimed novels. He was a recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts fellowship in fiction and his articles, reviews, and stories have been published by Rolling Stone, The Boston Globe, Harper's, The New York Times, and Men's Journal, among others. A former officer on British coastal freighters, he teaches creative writing at NYU, holds a US Coast Guard coastal captain’s license, and divides his time between Cape Cod and New York.

Books by this Author

Run the Storm
Zero Decibels


My Life in 8 Words

Author Appearances

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East Sandwich, MA 02537
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Mystic, CT 06355
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Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. if not here, where? if not now, when?

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. My kids: my daughter, Emilie, and my son, Alexandre.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Charles Saunders Peirce (look him up)

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I listen. Most people don't. Which doesn't mean I'm always interested, but I do listen.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. people on cellphones in public places