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A. E. Poynor was born in Michigan, and grew up moving around the U.S. He first dragged his wife and daughter to Alaska in 1976 for the last three years of the seven he served in the army. During those three years, the family grew to four, with the addition of a son, and Alaska got into his blood.
Described as, “One of the dumbest things I could have done... aside from urinating on an electric fence,” he left Alaska to attend school following his discharge. Five years passed before he and the family made it back to Alaska in 1984, settling in Kenai, where A.E. and his wife still live.
Poynor’s day job as a technical writer in the refining industry was balanced with a humor column he wrote for nineteen years. The column received three awards for its humor, a category which is open to all media, from the Alaska Press Club. His writing has also appeared in several magazines.
In late 2010 Poynor took early retirement from the refining industry to pursue a new career in freelance writing. When not writing, A.E. splits his time between recreational mining, fishing, shooting and other outdoor activities.