Plymouth State University associate professor and author Joseph Monninger has received an Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the state of New Hampshire.
Fellowships are awarded annually for artistic excellence and professional commitment, as judged by peers in each artist’s field. Submissions are reviewed anonymously by out-of-state and in-state panelists with expertise in visual arts, crafts, music, theatre, literature, film and media arts. Their recommendations are forwarded to the advisory group of Arts Councilors and the Commissioner of Cultural Resources. The Governor and Executive Council have the final approval.
This prestigious Fellowship is highly-sought, with 90 professional artists vying for six awards. Monninger receives $5,000 as a member of the 2007 class of Artist Fellows.
“The award indicates Professor Monninger’s high stature in his field and is a fine recognition of his substantial accomplishments,” says PSU President Sara Jayne Steen.
After earning his bachelor’s in English from Temple University, Monninger started writing during a three-year stint in the Peace Corps in Africa. After returning home, he was a freelance writer, selling his stories and non-fiction pieces to major magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Glamour, Readers Digest, American Heritage, McCalls, RedBook, and Ellery Queen. He also wrote nine novels that were published by Athenaeum, Scribner’s, Simon and Schuster, Thorndike Press, Steerforth, D.I. Fine and Random House. He received a master’s in English Writing from the University of New Hampshire and since 1990 has been an associate professor at Plymouth State University where he teaches fiction, journalism, composition and introduction to literature.
Monninger is the author of nine works of fiction but recently has turned toward writing creative nonfiction. Two of these are memoirs that have been widely praised by reviewers: Home Waters: Fishing with an Old Friend (Broadway Books, 1999) and Barn in New England: Making a Home on Three Acres (Chronicle Books, 2001). His forthcoming book is entitled Two Ton: One Night, One Fight — Tony Galento v. Joe Louis (Steerforth Press, 2006) for which he says he has been “steeped in 1930s boxing” for three years.
Monninger’s previous awards include two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Booksense Award for Home Waters, and selection as an alternate for a Fulbright scholarship to West Africa. He has worked for many years with the NH Writers Project and the NH Humanities Council. He frequently lectures at Dartmouth College, Keene State College, and Harvard University.
Monninger, a resident of Warren, N.H., says, “It’s especially sweet to receive this award in a state I love. I’m grateful to the people of New Hampshire.”
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