Mahony is featured writer at UVa-Wise Coffee Night

Catherine Mahony, Professor Emerita of English at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, brings her professional and personal insight into the writer’s creative journey during her upcoming visit to campus for Coffee Night and for a public lecture.

Her lecture, “The Poet’s Muse: How Poems Happen,” is set for Wednesday,  Nov. 10, at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of All Faiths. The event is free and open to the public.


On Tuesday, Nov. 9, Mahony is the featured writer at Coffee Night, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel of All Faiths. Coffee Night is a reading/performing event dedicated to the poetry and prose of campus and community creative writers. The Department of Language and Literature, the Department of Communication Studies and the Jimson Weed literary journal sponsor Coffee Night.

Mahony earned degrees from Marygrove College, St. Louis University and Auburn University. A Herman Melville and Annie Dillard scholar, she taught many courses in British and American literature, honors composition and literary criticism since she joined the faculty of UVa-Wise in 1969 and retired in 2003.  Currently, she is facilitating the study of a poetry group at the A. Alfred Taubman Jewish Community Campus, sponsored by the Institute for Retired Professionals of the Metropolitan Area, while also devoting all of her time to writing.  As of now, she has completed two novels, “Book of Ring” and “Michael Rose,” more than half a dozen short stories, and is now working on a collection of poems, including a section on “Appalachian Journals.” 

Coffee Night also features "Fall Highland Voices: Writers and Performers of the College and Community," including Christopher Scalia, Helen Shriver, Ashley Ryan, Austin McGrady, Collin Skeen, Suzy B. Mullins, Joel Sprinkle, Joe Necessary, Karl DeLuca, and Erin Dalton.

Copies of the latest issue of Jimson Weed, the College's literary journal, will be available at Coffee Night. UVa-Wise students receive cultural credit for attending.

Others interested in participating in reading or performing along with the featured artists may contact Ashley Ryan, Jimson Weed's managing editor, at alr4a@uvawise.edu by Nov. 5.