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Author Sharon Hatfield to present at UVa-Wise Coffee Night on Nov. 10

Scholar and author Sharon Hatfield is the featured writer for Coffee Night, a reading and performing event dedicated to the poetry and prose at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise and the surrounding community.

Coffee Night is set for Thursday, Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel of All Faiths. The Department of Language and Literature, Department of Communication Studies and the Jimson Weed, the college’s literary magazine, sponsor the event. The event is free and open to the public.

The fall edition of Jimson Weed will be released during Coffee Night. All Jimson Weed contributors are invited to present their work at Coffee Night. Others in the region who are interested in participating or performing at Coffee Night may contact Collin Skeen, Jimson Weed editor, at by Nov. 4.

Hatfield is the award-winning author of “Never Seen the Moon: The Trials of Edith Maxwell” (University of Illinois Press, 2005), a work of creative nonfiction that recreates Edith Maxwell’s court journey and sheds new light on the representation of the Appalachian culture through its legal system in the media. A native of Ewing, Va., she earned bachelor’s degrees in English and biology from Lincoln Memorial University in 1977.

After college she moved to Wise County and worked as a staff writer for the Coalfield Progress until 1983, covering local government, education and the courts.  Hatfield left Virginia in 1985 to attend graduate school. She received a master’s in journalism from Ohio University and a master of fine arts in creative nonfiction from Goucher College.

With the assistance of a creative writing fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council, she traveled from coast to coast while researching “Never Seen the Moon,” which won the Weatherford Award for nonfiction and the Chaffin Award. Hatfield teaches English and women’s studies at Hocking College and recently co-edited An American Vein: Critical Readings in Appalachian Literature (Ohio University Press, 2005), a scholarly attempt to bring a study of Appalachian literature to the mainstream culture of the 21st century.


She lives in Athens, Ohio, with her husband Jack Wright, a Wise native, a former member of Appalshop, a UVa-Wise and Associate Professor Emeritus in the Ohio University School of Film. Wright will also participate in Coffee Night events.

For more information, please contact Kathy Still, director of news and media relations, at 276-376-1027.