The newest edition of the “Jimson Weed,” the UVa-Wise literary journal, was released on Tuesday at the biannual Coffee Night. The Fall 2014 edition features poetry, prose and photography by students and faculty as well as community members.
Small snacks and coffee were provided by Chartwells as selected works from this edition were read aloud by their authors.
Dr. Huang-Tiller, associate professor of English and faculty advisor to the “Jimson Weed,” worked to secure poet Betsy Sholl as the night’s guest speaker. Sholl, the former Poet Laureate of Maine, gave a short speech and read a selection of her poetry on Tuesday night.
Currently a professor at both the University of Southern Maine and Vermont College of Fine Arts, Sholl spent a lot of time in this region of the country. She lived in Big Stone Gap for a time, teaching at UVa-Wise for a time as well as introducing poetry to inmates at Western Region Correctional Unit in Coeburn.
Sholl will present a lecture entitled “Fail Better: Fear, Failure, and the Growth of Authors” today, at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of All Faiths. Sholl’s lecture, as well as Coffee Night, are cultural credits.