George Michelsen Foy is the author of twelve novels (under both last names) and two nonfiction books. His latest book, Zero Decibels: The Quest for Absolute Silence came out in 2010 (Scribners). He is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Art fellowship in fiction; his novel Art & Practice of Explosion was runner up for Foreword magazine's novel of the year award. He has been an investigative reporter, commercial fisherman, news photographer and underground tunnel worker. A founding member of the performance/reading group FlashPoint, he teaches creative writing at NYU, and divides his time between coastal Massachusetts and New York.