On Thursday, Feb. 11, outdoors writer and Casper College instructor David Zoby, co-author of Fire on the Beach: Reclaiming the Lost Story of Richard Etheridge and the Pea Island Lifesavers, will return to Western Wyoming Community College to open the 2016 Visiting Writers Series. Zoby is a regular contributor to several national outdoors publications, and his writing is aimed at promoting good stewardship of the land and giving “voice to those of us who see the outdoors as a sacred place.”
More information about Zoby, his work, and his many outdoor hunting and fishing adventures can be found at http://www.davezoby.com/
This free program will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Room 1302. Zoby will also host a writing workshop from 1 - 3:50 p.m. in Room 1439 on Thursday afternoon. The workshop is free and open to the public, but it also may be taken as a one-credit course, ENGL 2495. Contact Mustang Central at (307) 382-1677 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The Visiting Writers Series is sponsored by the Arlene and Louise Wesswick Foundation and Western’s English Department, with additional support from the Best Western Outlaw Inn and Open Range Restaurant.
Zoby previously spoke at Western in 2014, when he presented a documentary film, “Rescue Men: The Story of the Pea Island Life Savers,” that was based on the book he co-authored with David Wright, Fire on the Beach: Reclaiming the Lost Story of Richard Etheridge and the Pea Island Lifesavers. That book recounted the true story of a group of brave and dedicated African-American men who were stationed on North Carolina’s Outer Banks in the 1870s and served as the lone unit of color in the U.S. Life-Saving Service.
This time, Zoby will share his outdoors writing, which has appeared regularly in the national outdoors publications Gray’s Sporting Journal and The Flyfish Journal, as well as in American Angler, Fish Alaska, RetrieverJournal and Bowhunter Magazine. Zoby is also a noted poet whose work has appeared in The New Virginia Review, The Southern Poetry Review, The South Dakota Review, and other journals.
One of Zoby’s recent articles, “Confessions of a Spit Rat,” which appeared in the July 2015 issue of Gray’s Sporting Journal, references the education he received from a fellow angler and “spit rat,” Murph, whom he met during a fishing trip in Homer, Alaska. Murph teaches Zoby the low-cost art of outdoor adventure.
“His advice is never to pay for anything you can get for free. For wi-fi, he says, go to the Safeway or McDonalds. The bakeries all sell day-olds at dramatically reduced prices. Re-charge your laptop at the public library. The city of Homer has four new rest-room facilities, he tells me, and draws a crude map in the black glacial sand. You can hook a hose—seven bucks at the hardware store—to the faucet in these facilities and hose yourself off. ‘But lock the door, first,’ he says. Grab all the sugars, creamers, and hot-sauce packets you can at fast-food places. Save them in a Ziploc. Take advantage of free napkins, paper towels, shots of liquid soap. Stay clear of art galleries. Never go to restaurants. Take free walks on the beach; talk to people. He is, I decide, a nightmare for the local Chamber of Commerce.”