Prof. Wins Literary Fellowship

Tuesday, May 15, 2007
SNHU Communications Office

Associate Professor Diane Les Becquets, chair of Southern New Hampshire University’s undergraduate creative writing program,
has been awarded a PEN American fellowship.

Les Becquets was awarded the PEN American Phyllis Reynolds Working Writer Fellowship. The judges had this to say about her forthcoming novel, “Ice Out,” told by a girl whose father disappears after going out to repair a dock on Moosehead Lake in Maine in November.

“This well-written, evocative work-in-progress draws the reader into a starkly beautiful landscape the author knows well,” the judges said in their citation.

The fellowship was created in 2001 to financially assist a writer “at a crucial point in his or her career.”

Les Becquets is the coordinator of the university’s creative writing program.

The PEN American Center is the largest of PEN International’s 141 centers in the world. International PEN calls itself the world’s oldest human rights organization and the world’s oldest international literary organization. The American Center has 2,900 writers, editors and translators as members.


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