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Haven Kimmel

Haven Kimmel was born in New Castle, Indiana, and was raised in Mooreland, Indiana, the locus of her bestselling memoir, A Girl Named Zippy: Growing up Small in Mooreland, Indiana (2001).

Kimmel earned her undergraduate degree in English and creative writing from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana 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 lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Haven Kimmel was a poet prior to writing a memoir of her early childhood. The Solace of Leaving Early (2002) and Something Rising (Light and Swift) (2004) are the first two novels in Kimmel's planned "trilogy of place" about fictional Hopwood County, Indiana. The third book, planned for a 2006 release, is tentatively titled The Used World. Her other works include a second memoir, She Got Up Off the Couch (2005), a poetic children's book, Orville: A Dog Story (2003), and a retelling of the Book of Revelation in Killing the Buddha: A Heretic's Bible (2004),

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