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Haven Kimmel Reading

April 22, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


April is Poetry Month and to celebrate St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church has invited the poet and author Haven Kimmel to give a reading. Haven lives in Durham, but was born and raised in a small town in Indiana, the focus of her bestselling memoir, A Girl Named Zippy: Growing up Small in Mooreland, Indiana (2001). She earned her undergraduate degree in English and creative writing from Ball State University and a graduate degree from North Carolina State University, where she studied with novelist Lee Smith.

She also attended seminary at the Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana. She wrote this about her experience at seminary: “The amount of learning that came from opening up to a discussion of the invisible world and the religious practice across the world humbled me. Every minute of every day was a metaphor of God.”

She has also written the novel The Solace of Leaving Early as well as a second memoir, She Got Up Off the Couch, and Other Heroic Acts from Mooreland, Indiana, about her mother.

Kimmel states she never had the desire to become a writer when she grew up, but by the time she was 21, she says she had “given her life over to poetry.” The world is the beneficiary of this decision.

St. Matthew’s Faith and Arts Series began in 2010 as a result of the church’s desire to be more intentional in their support of the arts and artists; to challenge and deepen faith through exposure to the arts; and to use sacred space as a setting for artistic expression.