SHARON HATFIELD IN CONVERSATION WITH CREATORS
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Enchanted Ground, Sharon Hatfield’s latest book, addresses Spiritualism as a 19th-century religious movement and explains the place of Jonathan Koons and his family within it. Jonathan Koons was considered one of the most impressive physical mediums of the 1850s. His Athens County “spirit room,” built specifically for theatrical-style séances, offered demonstrations of instrumental music, singing, and unusual lights. Today Koons is considered by some historians of religion to be the innovator of the trumpet used for voice communication in séances. Hatfield’s Enchanted Ground is not only a portrait of a charismatic medium, but the story of a countercultural force that shook American religion in the 19th century.
Sharon Hatfield is a native of Ewing, Virginia. After earning undergraduate degrees in English and biology at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee, she became a newspaper reporter in Virginia. Sharon moved to Ohio in 1985 and later earned ca master’s degree in journalism from Ohio University and an MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College in Maryland. She has worked as a reporter, editor, English
professor and manuscript consultant.
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