Southeast Missouri Native to Read from Her Work Nov. 7 at Southeast

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 2, 2005 — Rose Marie Kinder, author of A Near-Perfect Gift: Stories, will read from her work at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall at Southeast Missouri State University.

The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the reading. A Near-Perfect Gift: Stories is published by the University of Michigan Press.

Both sides of Kinder’s family have a long history in southeast Missouri, dating back to at least the Civil War. She has relatives from Dutchtown, Delta, Advance, Jackson, Cape Girardeau, Bell City, Gravel Hill and Bloomfield, Mo. 

Kinder was born and reared in Bloomfield, Mo. Most of her relatives still live in the area, including her mother, brother and sister. Although she did not earn her degrees until the late 1970s at the University of Arizona, her first experience with college was at Southeast.

“It was wonderful,” she said. “It sparked many of my interests and gave me faith inmy abilities. I was the first in my family to attend college, and until then, didn’t believe we were meant for that kind of endeavor.”