Visiting Writers Series to Present
Ofelia Zepeda and Robin Hemley

Posted October 9, 2000

The Hope College Visiting Writers Series continues its 2000-01 season with Ofelia Zepeda and Robin Hemley on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The Hope College Jazz Ensemble will play prior to the reading, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Ofelia Zepeda, a poet, linguist, educator and member of the Tohono O'odham tribe of southern Arizona, is considered the foremost authority in Tohono O'odham language and literature. She received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, where she is now a professor of linguistics. Zepeda's publications include a chapbook titled "Jewed 'I-hoi/Earth Movements," and a book of poems, "Ocean Power: Poems from the Desert." She is also the editor of "Sun Tracks," a Native American literary publication published by the University of Arizona Press. In 1999, she was named a MacArthur Fellow for her work in American Indian Languages, particularly her work with tribal communities in their efforts to maintain and promote the use of their indigenous language.

Robin Hemley, the author of several works of nonfiction, including "Turning Life into Fiction," "The Last Studebaker," "All You Can Eat" and "The Big Ear," has been published in Great Britain, Germany and Japan. He has also been heard on NPR's "Selected Shorts" and "The Sound of Writing." His awards include first prize in the Nelson Algren Award competition from the "Chicago Tribune," two Pushcart Prizes and The George Garrett Award.

Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 12th Street and College Avenue. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Visiting Writers Series web site at or by calling (616) 395-7893.


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