My name is Eric Poor and I’m a writer. I spent 17 years working as a reporter for the award-winning weekly newspaper The Monadnock Ledger, now known as the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, a twice weekly community newspaper. During my newspaper career I won numerous writing awards from the New Hampshire Press Association (NHPA). Those eighteen awards include recognition for investigative reporting, education reporting, editorial writing, sports columns, serious columns, humor columns, spot news reporting, spot news photography, business reporting, and feature writing. I was twice named Columnist of the Year by the NHPA.
I am an avid outdoor sportsman and I am an outdoor columnist for 25 years for Hawkeye, New Hampshire’s outdoor sports newspaper. I have also free-lanced stories to publications like the New Hampshire Wildlife Journal and the Keene Sentinel Newspaper. In addition, I have recounted the highlights of my journalist career in a book published by Hobblebush publishing, "Working at the Word Factory," which is used in the Journalism curriculum at Keene State College, in Keene, N.H.
Now retired from the grind and deadlines of newspaper reporting I am working at becoming a novelist. I have written an 85,000-word novel of crime/suspense titled “Beyond Bethlehem,” and I’m done with the first drafts of sequels named “The Road Through Success” and “Girl with Imaginary Boyfriend.” I'm working on another novel titled "Echoes. In addition I’m an occasional poet who is getting used to the concept of reading aloud before a crowd – pretty scary thing. In past lives I have been a commercial fisherman, construction worker, fork lift operator, tank commander, junior executive, bartender/bar manager, land manager, board member of the Monadnock Writer’s Group, emergency services photographer, EMT, and public information officer for the Rindge Fire Department.
Photo by Marsha Poor
Hobblebush Publishing Poor Interview - August 5, 2013