Dordt College News

Heynen is "Telling Tales"

February 1, 2003

Author Jim Heynen will take to the stage Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Dordt College Campus Center to share stories and present the finale to Homecoming 2003, “Renew the Ties at Dordt College.” Heynen will draw from his extensive body of published work to entertain the audience, beginning at 7 p.m. in the DeYager Activity Area. The readings will be followed by an ice cream social at 8 p.m. and the student Comedy League at 8:30 p.m. Jim Heynen

Author Jim Heynen was born on a farm in northwest Iowa. He attended Hull Western Christian High, then spent two years at Dordt College before going on to receive his BA from Calvin College, an MA at the University of Iowa, and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Oregon. Since then he has been writer-in-residence at several institutions and has twice been awarded National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, once in poetry and once in fiction.

Heynen has published widely as a writer of poems, novels, nonfiction, and short fiction. His stories about “the boys” have been featured often on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," as well as on radio in both Sweden and Denmark. Minnesota astronaut George Pinky Nelson took a taped collection of the stories for bedtime listening on his last space mission. The most recent collection of these stories, The Boys' House, New and Selected Stories, was named Editors' Choice for Best Books of 2001. He has been writer in residence at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., for the past 10 years.

“Telling Tales Out of School” is open to the public, as is the ice cream social and Comedy League that follow.

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