Joyce Hinnefeld

“Provocative and page-turning . . . Hinnefeld’s drama soars . . .” (Publisher's Weekly, September 2008)


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Hear an interview with author Joyce Hinnefeld (music: "Mary Do It Again" from Bonnie Rideout's Celtic Circles)


Joyce Hinnefeld was born in southern Indiana, the youngest of four children. Her father was a high school science teacher, her mother a secretary and homemaker. She graduated from Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana in 1984, and attended graduate school at Northwestern University and at the State University of New York at Albany. She has lived and worked in Chicago, New York City, and upstate New York, and she now teaches at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

She has published fiction, poetry, and essays in a number of print and online journals, and her book of short stories, Tell Me Everything (University Press of New England, 1998)—called “a beautiful and wise collection, with no wasted words” by judge Joanna Scott—received the 1997 Bread Loaf Writers Conference Bakeless Prize in Fiction. In Hovering Flight is her first published novel.

She has always loved the natural world, but her environmental consciousness grew stronger with the birth of her only child, a daughter, in August 2001. She has also always loved birds, particularly their songs, and that love was fostered by the knowledge and appreciation of her father Lynn Hinnefeld and her oldest brother Steve. Her knowledge of birds, and birding, grew through her research for In Hovering Flight—research that began with Professor Dan Klem’s Biology of the Birds class at Moravian College in the summer of 2004.

She lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in a restored 18th-century farmhouse, with her husband Jim, daughter Anna, their dog Lily and their two cats, Cinder and Jane.