Coffee Night at UVa-Wise to feature pair of Virginia authors

A pair of native Virginia authors will highlight this year’s Fall Coffee Night at UVa-Wise on Nov. 12.

Sara Robinson — a literature instructor at the University of Virginia — and Rita Quillen — a retired Mountain Empire Community College associate professor of English — will be the featured authors at the annual Coffee Night put on by Jimson Weed. The event will be held in the Rhododendron Room in the Slemp Student Center on Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m., and it will also feature the premiere of the Fall 2019 edition of Jimson Weed.

Sara Robinson - Photo credit to Jimson Weed
Sara Robinson – Photo credit to Jimson Weed

Students who contributed to the publication are encouraged to attend the event and present their work, and others who are interested in presenting can contact Jimson Weed managing editor Autumn Stover by email at to sign up by Nov. 4.

Robinson is the author of four collections of poetry, with her newest book Needville focusing on the lives of people in the Appalachian coalfields. She is the founder of the Lonesome Mountain Pros(e) Writers Workshop, and she teaches a course on Contemporary American Poets at UVA. Robinson will also be on campus on Nov. 13 to give a lecture on how she turned her background in industrial science into writing poetry to raise awareness about environmental concerns. The talk will be held at 1 p.m. in the Science Lecture Hall.

Rita Quillen - Photo credit Jimson Weed
Rita Quillen – Photo credit Jimson Weed

Quillen returns to UVa-Wise after being the first featured author invited to talk at Coffee Night by Jimson Weed. She has written five collections of poetry and two novels, including her latest novel Wayland, which she will discuss at Coffee Night. In 2012, Quillen was a semifinalist for Virginia’s Poet Laureate.

Robinson and Quillen will sign copies of their most recent books, which will be available to purchase at the event as well as at the campus bookstore. Coffee Night will count as cultural credit for students in attendance.

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