Coffee Night Nov. 9 features Wright, Hatfield

The annual Coffee Night sponsored by UVa-Wise literary journal “Jimson Weed” will feature two authors with artistic and literary connections to Wise County.

Coffee Night will be on Nov. 9 at 6 p.m., and the Fall 2017 issue of ‘Jimson Weed’ will debut that night. The evening will include readings of poetry or prose from students, faculty and local community members published in this issue of “Jimson Weed”.

Coffee Night also will feature keynote speakers Jack Wright and Sharon Hatfield.

Wright is Associate Professor Emeritus of Communications at the Ohio University School of Film, and Hatfield authored “Never Seen the Moon: The Trials of Edith Maxwell”.

Wright’s work has been featured on National Public Radio, PBS, June Appal Recordings and in Hollywood Films. His articles about Appalachia in the film and video area have appeared in Ace Magazine, Independent Spirit, Iron Mountain Review, Appalachian Journal and other publications. Wright is a founding member of the Dock Boggs Festival, which started on the UVa-Wise campus.

Hatfield’s book “Never Seen the Moon: The Trials of Edith Maxwell” won multiple awards including the Weatherford Award for nonfiction and the Chafin Award. She also co-edited “An American Vein: Critical Readings in Appalachian Literature”.

Hatfield worked at area newspaper The Coalfield Progress until 1983, when she returned to school to earn her master’s degree in journalism from Ohio University and a MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College.

Wright and Hatfield grew up in this area and reside in Ohio. Their joint lecture will be “The Man and his Art: Fred J. Carter’s Lasting Importance”. Carter, a Dickenson County woodcarver, stonemason and artist used his sculptures and art to question mankind’s penchant for self-destruction.

Coffee Night will be held in the Rhododendron room in the C. Bascom Slemp Student Center.

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