Dean Rader, a nationally acclaimed and award-winning poet, is the featured poet for the Spring 2018 Coffee Night events at UVa-Wise.

Rader will share some of his recent work from his collection of poems titled “Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry.” Rader’s public lecture is set for Wednesday, April 18, at 1 p.m. in the Rhododendron Room of the Slemp Student Center. He will discuss how paradoxical experiences come to be the most authentic and intense experiences in life. Numerous poets, including Emily Dickenson, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Rita Dove and others, have noted similar thoughts.

Coffee Night is set for Thursday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Rhododendron Room. The event, sponsored by the Jimson Weed literary journal, the Department of Language and Literature and the Department of Communication Studies at UVa-Wise, will include a reading / performance event dedicated to the poetry and prose of campus and community writers. The Spring 2018 edition of the Jimson Weed will be released at the event.

All contributors to the Spring 2018 edition of the Jimson Weed are welcome to present during Coffee Night. Others who are interested in participating or performing at Coffee Night may contact Heaven Parridgen, Jimson Weed managing editor at by Thursday, April 12.

Rader’s award-winning collection of poems Works & Days and his new book Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry are available at both events.  A book signing will follow.

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

About Rader

 His most recent work is “Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry.” Two other books appeared in the same year: “Suture,” a collaborative of poems written with Simon Muench, and “Bullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence,” edited with Brian Clements & Alexandra Teague. Rader’s poems have appeared in dozens of magazines and books, including Best American Poetry 2012, The Boston Review, Ninth Letter, Zyzzyva, Tri Quarterly, The Colorado Review, Quarterly West, Kestrel, Minnesota Review, Volt, and New American Writing. Rader writes regularly for The San Francisco Chronicle, The Huffington Post, BOMB, and The Kenyon Review. In 2012, he wrote a series of columns on the Ten Greatest Poets that was covered by The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, and The New York Times.

Rader earned a B.A. in English from Baylor University, and an M.A. & Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the State University of New York at Binghamton, where he studied creative writing, literature, and translation. An Affiliate Artist at the Headlands Center for the Arts at present, he is a professor of English and chair of the English Department at the University of San Francisco.