Poets Starnes and Rhodes are featured at Coffee Night at UVa-Wise


Poets Sofia M. Starnes and Suzanne U. Rhodes are the featured writers for the spring Coffee Night event on April 12 at 6:30 p.m. at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise. Starnes and Rhodes will also present a dual lecture on April 13 at 1 p.m.


Both events take place in the Chapel of All Faiths at UVa-Wise and are free and open to the public.


At the April 13 event, Starnes will address “The Role of Poetry in Creating a Personal Landscape” and Rhodes will lecture on “The Poet as Orb Weaver.”


Coffee Night, sponsored by the Department of Language and Literature, Department of Communication Studies and the Jimson Weed staff, is a reading and performing event dedicated to the poetry and prose on campus and in the community. The spring 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 Ashley Ryan, Jimson Weed editor, at alr4a@uvawise.edu by April 6.

Starnes is poetry editor of “The Anglican Theological Review” and critique editor of “Creative Writing Critiques.” She holds a master’s degree in English philology from the University of Madrid. She is the author of “The Soul's Landscape,” “A Commerce of Moments,”  “Corpus Homini: A Poem for Single Flesh” and “Fully Into Ashes,” which will be released in April 2011. She is the recipient of a Poetry Fellowship from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Rainer Maria Rilke Poetry Prize, the Marlboro Review Editor’s Prize, a Conference on Christianity and Literature Poetry Prize, the Superior Achievement Award in Poetry by the Virginia Writer's Club and a Pushcart nomination.

Rhodes is a poet, writer, and adjunct professor of English at Old Dominion University. She has published “What a Light Thing, This Stone,” nominated for the Balcones Poetry Prize in 1999, and “Weather of the House,” “Sketches of Home,” “Blackboard Blackmail” and  “The Roar on the Other Side.” Her latest book is “A Welcome Shore,” was published last July.

Her work has appeared in many literary journals. Rhodes has won several awards for her poetry and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry from Johns Hopkins University and was a resident fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.  She serves on the executive committee of the Poetry Society of Virginia and is an associate editor for the “Sow’s Ear Poetry Review.”

For more information, contact College Relations at 276-328-0130.