Plymouth, N.H.– Plymouth State University English professors and creative writers Joseph Monninger and Liz Ahl were recognized for recent works at the tenth biennial New Hampshire Literary Award reception and ceremony Nov. 4. The awards are sponsored by the New Hampshire Writers’ Project, a nonprofit serving 800 writers and readers in New Hampshire and 16 states. The awards were:
• Joseph Monninger, Outstanding Children’s Literature, for Wish
• Liz Ahl, Readers’ Choice in Poetry, for Luck
Monninger’s Wish is the moving story of a New Hampshire boy, Tommy, who has cystic fibrosis and receives from a wish foundation a trip to actually see the great white sharks. Ahl’s poetry in Luck captures moments in daily life, whether at a bus stop or listening to music, and invites readers to be more aware of their experiences.
“Both Joe Monninger and Liz Ahl are extraordinary creative writers and teachers who previously have been recognized for excellence,” said President Sara Jayne Steen. “It is wonderful to have their work again celebrated by those who care about good books.”
Monninger, the author of nineteen books of fiction and non-fiction, has won numerous awards, including two national awards for young adult fiction. Ahl won a 2008 chapbook contest and has published widely in national journals.
The New Hampshire Literary Awards are given biennially, for first editions of books written by authors who live in New Hampshire, who are New Hampshire natives, or who deal with subject matter inherently connected to New Hampshire.
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