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Author Joyce Hinnefeld to Discuss a Writer’s Relationship to Place at Monday Roundtable

Hinnefeld to read from novel manuscript and share experiences from Santa Fe sojourn

Bethlehem, Pa., February 7, 2006— Author Dr. Joyce Hinnefeld, will present “Conjuring the Birds of the Mid-Atlantic from a Seat in the Santa Fe Public Library,” when Moravian College hosts a Monday Night Roundtable on February 13, 2006, at 7 p.m. Hinnefeld, an associate professor of English at Moravian College, will discuss her experiences in Santa Fe, New Mexico during the 2005 spring semester. She spent 4 months researching and drafting a novel about a bird artist, her ornithologist husband, and their daughter, and their lives, not in Santa Fe, but in southeastern Pennsylvania and the New Jersey shore.

The presentation will include readings from Hinnefeld’s novel manuscript and will explore, in particular, a writer’s relationship to place. To complement the evening’s program, slide images produced by her husband, Jim Hauser, taken during their Santa Fe sojourn will be featured also.

Hinnefeld is a writer, editor, and teacher of writing whose works have appeared in The Denver Quarterly, The Greensboro Review, 13th Moon, Another Chicago Magazine, the anthology Many Lights in Many Windows: Twenty Years of Great Fiction and Poetry from The Writers Community, and other publications.

Her short story collection, Tell Me Everything and Other Stories, received the 1997 Bread Loaf Conference Bakeless Prize in Fiction. Judge Joanna Scott commented, “I’m dazzled by Hinnefeld’s dexterity and insights. Her debut collection of short fiction is vigorous yet concentrated, full of surprises and still perfectly controlled…This is a beautiful and wise collection, with no wasted words.”

Hinnefeld’s novel manuscript, titled Pilgrim’s Song, explores the effects of American racial, religious, and sexual history on the lives of three generations of women in central Kentucky, from the early years of the twentieth century through the 1960s. She is at work on a new novel, tentatively titled In Hovering Flight and Quivering Descent.

The program is free and open to the public. A cafeteria-style dinner ($8.25) is available at 6:15 p.m. in the United Brethren Church room.