Featured Writing

Garlic Press

by Michael Sandler Call it fierce appetite for gadgets, strawberry huller, a lobster pick good for fishing out olives. Lives imbue my favorite, cracking walnuts in a pinch, juicing lemons— but mostly for exuding garlic. Mom’s joke: a real chef would cook his goose with one. She used to clear…

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The Penmen Profile: Award-Winning Faculty and Writer Elane Johnson

by Tricia Dannhauer The past year was momentous for one of Southern New Hampshire University’s faculty, Elane Johnson. At the 2016 commencement, she received the “Excellence in Teaching Award,” followed by earning “Best Essay Prize” in Creative Nonfiction magazine for her work, “The Math of Marriage,” in July. In addition…

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The Penmen Profile: Nonfiction Storyteller Richard Adams Carey

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Richard Adams Carey wrote his 2015 book, “In the Evil Day: Violence Comes to One Small Town,” about the 1997 Colebrook, New Hampshire, shootings that claimed the lives of four people. Carey tells the story of a tragedy in a town of 2,500 people that made headlines worldwide….

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The Penmen Profile: Bestseller Robin Wasserman

by Rebecca LeBoeuf “Girls on Fire,” Robin Wasserman’s first adult novel, was named an NPR and a BuzzFeed Best Book of the Year in 2016. The book also received praise from the New York Times, the Associated Press, Booklist and Cosmopolitan, among many other positive reviews. A faculty member of…

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The Penmen Profile: “Jerkbait” Author Mia Siegert

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Southern New Hampshire University professor Mia Siegert writes contemporary young adult, adult thriller and literary fiction in the form of short stories, articles, personal essays and now novels. Published May 2016, Siegert’s coming-of-age novel, “Jerkbait,” was identified as the top new release in Teen and Young Adult…

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The Penmen Profile: Environmental Nonfiction Author Amy Irvine

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Amy Irvine is an environmental nonfiction and memoir author. Her two books, “Trespass: Living at the Edge of the Promised Land” (2008) and “Making a Difference: Stories of How the Outdoor Industry and Individuals are Working to Preserve America’s Natural Places” (2001), have been praised in reviews by…

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The Penmen Profile: Highly Praised Author Ann Garvin

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Ann Garvin has been praised for the seamless humor and compassion found in her novels, “On Maggie’s Watch” (2010) and “The Dog Year” (2014). A third novel, “I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around,” will be released in June. “On Maggie’s Watch” achieved positive reviews from New York Times bestselling authors Jacquelyn Mitchard…

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The Penmen Profile: Award-winning Novelist Wiley Cash

by Rebecca LeBoeuf Wiley Cash is a full-time novelist and author of two bestselling books, “This Dark Road to Mercy” and “A Land More Kind Than Home.” Published by William Morrow/HarperCollins Publishers in 2014, “This Dark Road to Mercy” became a National Bestseller. It was selected as the UK’s Crime Writers’…

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A Conversation with Poet Jessica Purdy

by Pamme Boutselis Jessica Purdy teaches creative writing at Southern New Hampshire University. In 2014, she was nominated for Best New Poets and Best of the Net. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College and now lives in Exeter, NH. Read one of Purdy’s poems, “At the…

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