Joseph Monninger

Professor of English; Distinguished Scholarship Award, 2009

AB, Temple University; MA, University of New Hampshire

Office: Ellen Reed 12
Phone 603-535-2598

Joseph Monninger has published fifteen novels and three non-fiction books.  His work has appeared in American Heritage, Scientific American, Readers Digest, Glamour, Playboy, Story, Fiction, The Boston Globe, Sports Illustrated and Ellery Queen, among other publications.  He has twice received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and has also received a fellowship from the New Hampshire Council for the Arts. His young adult novel, Baby, was awarded the 2008 award for best children’s literature from the Peace Corps Writers.  It was also chosen as a top ten book by YALSA, the American Library Association.  The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s’ Books awarded Hippie Chick, a young adult novel, a blue ribbon for a top book of 2008. Finding Somewhere, his third young adult novel, was selected as a top book of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews.

Monninger grew up in Westfield, New Jersey and attended Temple University on a football scholarship.  He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Upper Volta, now Burkina Faso, from 1975-77. He has been a licensed New Hampshire Fishing Guide and has fly-fished from New Zealand to Wyoming’s Wind River Range.  He lives in a converted barn near New Hampshire’s Baker River. For several years his family competed in the New England Sled Dog sprint races and ran a small sled dog business in New Hampshire’s White Mountains

Selected publications/presentations/exhibitions

1982: The Family Man (ISBN 9780689112355)
1983: The Summer Hunt (ISBN 9780689113253)
1986: New Jersey (ISBN 9780345341129)
1987: Second Season (ISBN 9780689119361)
1992: Biology Write Now! (ISBN 9780070031432)
1991: Incident at Potter’s Bridge (ISBN 9781556113079); The Viper Tree (ISBN 9780671700850)
1993: Razor’s Song (ISBN 9780380718740)
1995: Mather (ISBN 9781556114472)
1999: Home Waters: Fishing With an Old Friend (ISBN 9780767905152)
2001: A Barn in New England: Making a Home on Three Acres (ISBN 9780811840019)
2007: Two Ton (ISBN 9781586421380); Baby (ISBN 9781590785027)
2008: The Letters, co-written with Luanne Rice (ISBN 9780553807417); Hippie Chick (ISBN 9781590785980);
2010: Eternal on the Water (ISBN 9781439168332)
2010: Wish, Delacorte
2011: The World As We Know It, Gallery, Simon & Schuster
2011: Finding Somewhere, Delacorte


Two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships
New Hampshire State Council for the Arts Fellowship, 2008
Two-Time winner of the NH Writers’ Project biennial prize for young adult literature, 2009, 2011

Courses Taught

Fiction Workshop
Non-fiction workshop
Young Adult novel writing seminar
The Outsider
Wilderness Lit.
Advanced Prose