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Our Distinguished Alumni Authors

Hampshire's interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to education produces remarkable results. Just ask a few of our award-winning and best-selling authors. Among them are:

Eula Biss book cover   Eula Biss 95F: 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award winner and Graywolf Prize in nonfiction winner. Works include Notes from No Man’s Land and The Balloonists.
Elizabeth Brundage   Elizabeth Brundage 78F: James Michener Award, Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Works include Somebody Else’s Daughter, The Doctor’s Wife, and A Stranger Like You (forthcoming, August 2010).
Ken Burns   Ken Burns 71F: Best-selling companion volumes to his films The National Parks, The War, The Civil War, Jazz, and Baseball.
Photo courtesy of Cable Risdon.
Leah Hager Cohen book cover   Leah Hager Cohen 85F: NY Times Notable Books list (four times). Works include Heat Lightning; Heart, You Bully, You Punk; House Lights; Without Apology; and Train Go Sorry.
Peter Cole   Poet and translator Peter Cole 77F: Recipient of a 2010 Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Named a MacArthur Fellow in 2007.
Ellen Fitzpatrick   Ellen Fitzpatrick70F: Frequent commentator on the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Works include Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation, History’s Memory, and Endless Crusade.
Photo courtesy of UNH Photo Services
Edward Humes   Edward Humes 75F: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. Works include Eco Barons, Mississippi Mud, No Matter How Loud I Shout, and Monkey Girl.
Jon Krakauer   Jon Krakauer 72F: American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award in Literature and NY Times Best Sellers list. Works include Into Thin Air, Into the Wild, Under the Banner of Heaven, and Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman.
Aaron Lansky   Aaron Lansky 73F: Recipient of a 1989 "Genius Grant" from the MacArthur Foundation.Winner of the 2005 Massachusetts Book Award in nonfiction for his book Outwitting History.
Le Thi Diem Thuy   Lê Thi Diem Thúy 90F: award-winning poet, novelist, and performer, and author of The Gangster We Are All Looking For—was named a 2008 USA Fellow in literature.
Nancy Lord   Nancy Lord 70F: Alaska Writer Laureate. Works include Rock, Water, Wild; Beluga Days; andGreen Alaska.
Jeff Sharlet   Jeff Sharlet 90F: NY Times Best Sellers list. Works includeThe Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power. He co-authored Killing the Buddha: A Heretic's Bible, named by Publishers Weekly as one of the ten best religion titles of 2004.
Doug Stanton   Doug Stanton 79F: 2009 NY Times Notable Books list. Works include Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan and In Harm’s Way.

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