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David Zoby
SH 119
Casper College
125 College Drive
Casper, WY 82601

B.A., Virginia Tech
M.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University

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David Zoby was born in Norfolk, Virginia. He attended Virginia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth University. At VCU, he earned an MFA in Poetry under Larry Levis. Zoby has published poems in 64 Magazine, The New Virginia Review, The Southern Poetry Review, Georgia State Review, Blackbird, The South Dakota Review and others. He teaches composition, Wyoming Literature, Poetry, and Creative Non-fiction at Casper College. Zoby has also published fishing and hunting articles in American Angler, Fish Alaska, Retriever Journal and Bowhunter Magazine. His creative non-fiction has appeared in Ninth Letter and the Missouri Review.

Zoby was a scholar at the first Hala Foundation seminar in Washington DC, where young, professional Arab Americans discussed political and ethnic identities. He also earned a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship to study religious pluralism in Syria and Turkey in 2007.

Currently, he is the Director of the Honors program at Casper College.

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Fire on the Beach

Recovering the Lost Story of Richard Etheridge and the Pea Island Lifesavers
by David Wright and David Zoby

From the Civil War to the Turn of the Century, this is the true-life story of the original Coast Guard and one crew of African-American heroes who fought storms and saved lives off North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

Fire on the Beach recovers a lost gem of American history. It tells the story of the U.S. Life-Saving Service, formed in 1871 to assure the safe passage of American and international shipping and to save lives and salvage cargo. A century ago, the adventures of the now-forgotten “surfmen” who, in crews of seven, bore the brunt of this dangerous but vital duty filled the pages of popular reading material, from Harper’s to the Baltimore Sun and New York Herald. Station 17, located on the desolate beaches of Pea Island, North Carolina, housed one such unit, and Richard Etheridge—the only black man to lead a lifesaving crew—was its captain.

“Social history at its readable best.”
The Memphis Flyer

“Fire on the Beach is … an enthralling book, the best history lesson I’ve received in years, but it reads like an adventure, with language both clear and poetic. I enjoyed every minute of it.”
Sheri Reynolds, author of The Rapture of Canaan

“One of the Best Books of 2001″
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Fire on the Beach adds significantly to our understanding of the many essential ways in which African Americans have served their country.”
The Washington Post Sunday Book Review

A New Yorker Notable Selection

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