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The student Zinzendorf Literary Society of Moravian College presents a reading by Ruth Knafo Setton on Thursday, April 22, 1999, at 7:30 p.m. in the Haupert Union Building Recreation Room, Moravian College. Ms. Setton will read from her own works for the evening's program, which is, free and open to the public. Ruth, who has received grants from the NEA and the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts and has published work in a wide range of journals and anthologies, weaves rich, magical stories set in places ranging from the Sierre Madre to Morocco to our very own Lehigh Valley.
Ruth Knafo Setton teaches Creative Writing, Jewish Literature, and World Women's Literature at Lafayette College. She has authored both fiction and nonfiction works, and recently returned from a semester at sea during which time she taught Travel Writing and other courses, as they traveled around the world. Her completed novel is titled, "The Road to Fez", and she is currently working on a new novel.
Ruth Knafo Setton is the recipient of a Jakobsen Scholarship for the Wesleyan Writer's Conference. She has received numerous grants and awards, namely the NEA US/Mexico Creative Artist Fellowship Award (Setton was one of ten American artists chosen to travel in Mexico to do research, conduct writing workshops and exchange ideas with Mexican writers, artists and anthropologists); PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Award (her story, "Jojo", was read on NPR's "The Sound of Writing"); and two Pennsylvania Council of the Arts Fellowships.
She has also received grants from the following writer's colonies: Yaddo, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, Hedgebrook and Millay. Other works have appeared (or are forthcoming) in journals and anthologies, including FEMSPEC, Cross Connect, Mediterranean's, International Quarterly, f/m, Tikkun, Response, Kerem, Bridges, Lilith, The Denver Quarterly, Inside, New Directions for Women, and The Journal of Canadian Fiction, Follow My Footprints: Changing Images of Women in American Jewish Fiction, Word of Mouth: Short-Short Fiction by Women (Volumes I and II), and Sephardic-American Voices; Two Hundred Years of a Literary Legacy.