Coffee Night set for Nov. 7 in Chapel of All Faiths


The public is invited to join the Jimson Weed literary journal, the Department of Language and Literature, and the Department of Communication Studies at UVa-Wise on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel of All Faiths for Coffee Night, a reading / performance event dedicated to the poetry and prose of campus and community writers.

 The fall 2013 edition of the Jimson Weed will be released during Coffee Night. 

Award-winning poet Dean Rader, a professor of English at the University of San Francisco, will be this semester’s featured poet.  Rader will share some recent works from his critically acclaimed and award-winning collection of poems, “Works and Days” (Truman State UP 2010) and from his forthcoming collection “Landscape Portrait Figure Form" (2014). 

Rader will also present a public lecture, “Can Poetry Do Anything? And If So, What?” Friday,Nov.8, 1:00-2:00 PM, in the Chapel. 

Rader’s topic will address poetry’s social function and what poetry can do in this increasingly technological age. He will also talk about why he is continually drawn to the poem when genres like fiction, graphic novels, and blogs enjoy much larger audiences.

Rader’s award-winning collection of poems Works & Days is available at both events.  A book signing will follow. 

Rader’s debut collection of poems, “Works & Days,” won the 2010 T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize and the 2010 Writer’s League of Texas Book Award. Recent poems appear in Best American Poetry 2012, Boston Review, TriQuarterly, Ninth Letter, The Colorado Review, Quarterly West, Kestrel, Minnesota Review, Volt, New American Writing, and Zyzzyva, which features a folio of his poems in its fall 2013 issue.

His edited anthology, “99 Poems for the 99 Percent,” is forthcoming in March, 2014. A native of Weatherford, Oklahoma, Rader publishes widely in the fields of poetry, American Indian studies, and popular culture. His scholarly book “Engaged Resistance: American Indian Art, Literature, and Film from Alcatraz to the NMAI” won the 2012 Beatrice Medicine Award for Excellence in American Indian Scholarship. 

Rader earns his BA in English from Baylor University, and his M.A. & Ph.D. in Comparative Literature form the State University of New York at Binghamton, where he studied creative writing, literature, and translation. He is a professor and chair of the English department at the University of San Francisco. 

Coffee Night also features "Fall Highland Voices: Writers and Performers of the College and Community.” All contributors to the fall 2013 edition of the Jimson Weed are welcome to present and the program will be forthcoming. Others who are interested in participating or performing at Coffee Night may contact Damean Mathews, Jimson Weed managing editor, at, by Monday, Nov. 4. 

Students will receive cultural activity credit for each event. For more information, please contact College Relations at (276) 376-1027.