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

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: BLWC@Middlebury.edu. Complete guidelines
for the 1998 Prizes are currently available.