Photography by Louis Foy

George Michelsen Foy is an award-winning author and essayist, a professor of creative writing and former mariner. His latest non-fiction book, Run the Storm, an account of the mysterious disappearance of SS El Faro in 2015, was published by Scribner on Mayday, 2018.


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George Michelsen Foy’s previous non-fiction book, Finding North: How navigation makes us human (Flatiron/Macmillan US, 2016), explores how all life finds its way around, partly through the prism of his own family of star-crossed mariners.  He is the author of thirteen published novels: the latest, entitled Mettle, 2010, under "GF Michelsen" at University Press of New England; also at Bantam Doubleday, Viking Penguin, Bastei Lubbe (Germany) and Editions Globophile (France). He was a prize-winner in the Ep;phany Magazine short-fiction contest of 2017, and a finalist in the Joe Gouveia poetry contest judged by Marge Piercy in 2016. His long-form non-fiction has been published in Harper’s, Rolling Stone et al; short fiction with Monkey Bicycle, Apeiron, Notre Dame Review, American Literary Review, Washington Square Journal, et al. A non-fiction book on silence (Zero Decibels, Scribner) came out in 2011. In an earlier life, Foy worked as a mate on British tramp freighters in the North Sea, and ran a commercial fishing boat out of Cape Cod; he currently holds a US Coast Guard coastal captain’s license. Foy, who was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in fiction, lives on Cape Cod and New York, teaches creative writing at NYU, and once, while under the influence of strong drink, walked backwards through the Peter Pan ride at Disneyland.

[Foy is] a storyteller who, like Conrad, can compress into a tale you can’t put down all the complexities of a time and place.
— Doris Lessing, winner of the 2007 Nobel for literature

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a sample of non-fiction essays for Harper's Magazine and other journals

a selection of short stories published in an array of literary journals