August 12, 1997

Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Awards 1997 Bakeless Literary Publication Prizes

The Bread Loaf Writers' Conference of Middlebury College has announced the recipients of the second annual Bakeless Nason Prizes in poetry and fiction for 1997. The prizes, established in honor of a long-time supporter of Middlebury College, are awarded to support and encourage writers who are seeking publication of their first books.

Joyce Hinnefeld's "What Does a Woman Want?" was chosen for the fiction award by Joanna Scott, the author of four novels and a Guggenheim Fellow. Garrett Hongo, whose works include two volumes of poetry and a memoir, selected Michael Loncar's "66 galaxie" for the poetry prize. Joyce Hinnefeld's and Michael Loncar's books will be published in the fall of 1998 by the Middlebury College/University Press of New England. The winning authors will also receive fellowships to attend the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in 1998. There was no award for creative nonfiction this year.

Joyce Hinnefeld was born and raised in Brownstown, Indiana, and educated at Hanover College and Northwestern University, where she received a B.A. and M.A. respectively. In 1995 she graduated from SUNY-Albany with a Ph.D. in English. Her stories and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in The Denver Quarterly, The Greensboro Review, and 13th Moon, and in the anthologies "Prairie Hearts: Women's Writings on the Midwest" (Outrider Press, 1996) and "Many Lights in Many Windows: Twenty Years of Great Fiction and Poetry from the Writers Community" (Milkweed Editions, forthcoming). She has worked as an editor and has taught at the College of New Rochelle, Siena College, SUNY-Albany, and Dutchess Community College. Presently Joyce Hinnefeld is an assistant professor of English at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

"The stories in 'What Does a Woman Want?' take as their starting point the precarious connections that bind women to women and women to men, and they go beyond these connections to explore the refuge of private consciousness," said Joanna Scott. "This is a beautiful and wise collection, with no wasted words."

Michael Loncar was born in Youngstown, Ohio, and received his B.A. in English from Miami University of Ohio and his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. His poems have been published in Poetry East, Caliban, Spinning Jenny, Soundings East, and in "A Visit to the Gallery: Poets at the Michigan Museum of Art" (University of Michigan Press, forthcoming). He teaches film and literature at the University of Michigan.

According to Garrett Hongo, "66 galaxie" is "a car-culture quest-romance told in playful visual and prosodic rondos, jump-cut images in collision with poignant sentiments. In '66 galaxie,' Quentin Tarantino meets e.e. cummings in the first American epic haiku noir."

For more information concerning the Bakeless Literary Publication Prizes, contact Mrs. Carol Knauss, Bakeless Prizes, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT 05753, tel: 802-443-5286, e-mail: Complete guidelines for the 1998 Prizes are currently available.