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Coffee Night set for April 14


The public is invited to join the Jimson Weed literary journal, the Department of Language and Literature, and the Department of Communication Studies at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise on Monday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel of All Faiths for Coffee Night, a reading and performance event that highlights the poetry and prose of campus and community writers.

 The spring 2014 edition of the Jimson Weed will be released during Coffee Night. 

Award-winning Appalachian poet and novelist Rita Sims Quillen will be this semester’s featured writer. A long-time supporter of Coffee Night, Quillen returns with her new Appalachian historical novel “Hiding Ezra,” a semifinalist for the DANA Award.

Quillen has taught literature, writing, and creative writing at ETSU-Kingsport Center, Northeast State Technical Community College, and Mountain Empire Community College.  She received her M.A. from East Tennessee State University. Currently, she is an associate professor of English at MECC. Quillen lives in Southwest Virginia on Early Autumn Farm in Scott County, Va.

Coffee Night will also feature author Wendy Welch and Spring Highland Voices: Writers and Performers of the College and Community, including Lavonne Baker, Zachary Canter, Carlie L. Clark, Jason Ferguson, Kim Good, Zachary Hill, Connie Little, Tessa McCoy, Preston Mitchell, Chicory Poetry (Terrence Sykes), Mike Samerdyke, and more.  

Welch is the author of a widely acclaimed book, “The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: a memoir of friendship, community, and the uncommon pleasure of a good book.”Now in its fourth printing, her book has been featured in Redbook, Country Woman, People, Huffington Post, Washington Post, The LA Times, and on NPR’s Weekend Edition, among other places. Welch is an executive director of GMEC/AHEC of SWVA and holds a Ph.D. in ethnography. She also runs Tales of the Lonesome Pine Used Books and Second Story Café with her husband Jack Beck in Big Stone Gap.

All contributors to the new edition of the Jimson Weed are invited to present. Those interested in participating in reading or performing may contact Damean Mathews, Jimson Weed's managing editor (, by Monday, April 7.

The event is free and open to the public. Students receive cultural activity credit for attending. For more information, please contact College Relations at (276) 376-1027.