April 3, 2012
The Advisory Board of Southern New Hampshire University’s MFA in Fiction and Nonfiction program is bringing on three new members, expanding upon the low-residency program’s ever-growing distinction. “Our board members, established agents, editors, and publishing insiders, are an active part of our program,” said MFA Director Diane Les Becquets.
“They not only serve as advisors; they also consult one-on-one with students and teach workshops at our residencies.”
With the recent passing of Jack Scovil, president of Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency, and one of the founding board members of SNHU’s program, Anna Ghosh will be joining the board.
“Like many others here, I miss my dear colleague, Jack Scovil, who remains irreplaceable. But I am excited by the energy and passion of Diane and her stellar board at SNHU’s MFA program, and am honored to join it,” said Ghosh, who started her career as an agent in 1995 and was made partner at Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency in 2008.
Ghosh represents a wide variety of adult fiction and nonfiction books, particularly literary nonfiction, history, science, and books on social and cultural issues. She grew up in India and was educated at Hampshire College and the New School for Social Research.
She has led workshops and panels on publishing at various institutions and organizations including Columbia University, New York University, Goucher College, University of Wyoming, Northwestern University, Asian American Writers Workshop, South Asian Journalists Association, and the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
Also joining the board is Ken Wright, who has been in book publishing for 25 years, as an editor and a publisher, and more recently as a literary agent at Writers House in New York. Wright represents authors and illustrators of children's books in all categories, as well as a small group of adult book authors. His list includes Printz Medalist and Honor winners, Caldecott Medalist and Honor winners, Newbery Honor winners, Sibert, Boston Globe - Horn Book, Morris, and YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction winners, and best-sellers of The New York Times.
He regularly appears as a panelist or speaker at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ conferences, the meetings of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the New School, speaking on all aspects of the publishing industry. Wright began his career in publishing at Oxford University Press and held editorial and executive positions at Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Henry Holt, Routledge, and before joining Writers House he was an editorial director and the vice president/associate publisher at Scholastic.
Like Ghosh, Wright is excited to be joining the program’s board. “It’s Diane’s enormous enthusiasm that initially attracted me. And what a great opportunity to get to know the very talented faculty, students, and fellow board members,” said Wright. “I very much look forward to working with them all.”
Beth Ineson, director of field sales at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is yet another addition to the program’s board of advisors. Ineson previously held positions in the sales and marketing departments at Yale University Press and Globe Pequot.
Since 2005, she has been an adjunct professor at Emerson College in the Writing, Literature and Publishing department. She holds a B.A from the University of New Hampshire and is a graduate of the Denver Publishing Institute.
“In an age of nearly constant change in the publishing world, the one rock solid constant is the importance of strong writing. Having the opportunity to advise MFA candidates as they begin their writing careers feels like an opportunity to have a front row seat for my industry’s future,” said Ineson.
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