Joseph Monninger has published eleven 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.

Joseph 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 with his wife, Wendy, and his son, Justin, 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. Laika and Willow, two sled dogs, live in happy retirement with them.

As a teacher at one time or another at the University of New Hampshire, the Lincoln School in Providence, Rhode Island, The American International School in Vienna, and at Plymouth State University, Joseph Monninger has spent thirty years in classrooms.  During the summers he directed academic enrichment programs at Williams and Amherst Colleges. He led student groups on bicycle tours across Europe, sailed the Whitsunday Islands near the Great Barrier Reef, and worked on community service projects in Montserrat, West Indies and on the Crow Reservation in Montana.  He has taken a mail boat across the southern edge of Newfoundland and, as a young man, hitch-hiked across the United States three times.

9 Responses to Bio

  1. Dianna Frankfurth says:

    Dear Joseph,
    I don’t know where to start. I picked up Eternal on the Water on a whim and it became my favorite book of the year…I fell in love with Mary and Cobb, the river, crows and piccolos….bay windows and Yeti Love….I love this book…I took it to my friend Elaine and said whatever you are reading, put down and read this…because she knows me she did…then we did the same to Leah, and on and on…which resulted in us reading The World as we Know It, and discussed it at book club tonight…OH MY…I desperately want to sit down and share a bottle of wine, or if you prefer a glass of scotch and talk about this book…I have so much to say and yet this site is not going to allow me to go on for too long…please know this email is sent with great respect and admiration for your writing and the complete joy of waiting for Margaret from Maine….Dianna

  2. Ann Hamanishi says:

    I have almost completed my first book by this author and I loved it so much that I have recommended it to all who would listen to me.
    “The world as it should be” is just so heartwarming and wonderful.
    Why I have not found him earlier. Wonderful book and I will read every last one of his titles. 5 *****

  3. Margaret Jarvis says:

    Margaret from Kentucky just finished reading “Margaret From Maine” and it was one of the sweetest love stories I have ever read. Where can I find a Charlie King?

  4. Amy Morse says:

    I want to thank you for Eternal on the Water. I picked up your book for my husband for xmas. My husband and I share the love for kayaking and I was drawn to the setting of the Allagash river…I grew up in Maine and recall my Father’s love and stories of canoeing the Allagash with his brother so many years ago. Unfortunately my Father died this Spring from Cancer. My Father did not “know” or tell us of his disease. He went along with his daily life loving and caring for his family until he could not sustain the disease. In 24 hrs after we forced him to go to the Dr. he was admitted to ICU and in a wks time he passed away… much of what you explore in this book on death, disease, passion and wisdom in nature, spoke so deeply to me. We did see him slip away and we honored his wishes to never live with the disease…. we held him tight while letting him go….I just read Eternal on the Water this weekend while we start our summer vacation on the shores of Squam lake… I find sadness and comfort (although fiction) in Mary’s journey through life. It gives me comfort in knowing that excepting death is part of what we do everyday. Thank you for being a part of the healing process I must go through as I lose my Fathers physical body and cherish what he has left me with.
    Amy Morse

  5. Patty says:

    I received this book for my birthday. I am an avid reader,and have been for many many years. I have read thousands of books. I want to share that I have NEVER cried while reading a book. I cried a few times as I turned the pages of this book. Beautifully written, and so very touching. Thank , Joseph

  6. Thank you again for sharing your thoughts about writing, publishing and Eternal On The Water at Gigi’s. You are a master storyteller with a facile handling of folklore, science and embedded homilies!
    Have you read the work of Sebastian Barry? Like you he is storyteller. He creates poetic prose and I love the way he links his stories. I devoured his work far too quickly…leading to wonderful rereads! The bonus is you get to reboot your Irish history and heritage.
    I look forward to reading more of you work and introducing your young adult books to my grandchildren.

  7. Joseph E. Monninger says:

    Hey, I like your name. Why? Because that’s my name too. I googled my name and you were all over the place. I read your bio,you seemed too have lived a pretty full life so far. I wonder if there is any distant relationship. I am from south central Pennsylvania.

    • Joseph says:

      Hey, this is a funny coincidence. Do you know much about the Monninger name? I had my DNA done recently and my stock comes form northern Germany and Ireland.

      Glad to share a name! You must be a good guy!

  8. Michael Klotz says:

    I have been commuting long distances for 2 years and survive by listening to audio books courtesy of the library. I occasionally try authors I don’t recognize and stumbled upon your The World As We Knew It.
    At first I thought the story was too good to be true but the picture you painted of family, love, life, nature, destiny was extremely moving to me.
    The blind horse was quite symbolic and tragically moving. I had not been so moved by an audio book since listening to William Boyd’s Of Any Human Heart and your story really struck a deep chord within me.
    Thank you.

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