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
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
www.hope.edu/vws or by calling (616) 395-7893.