The Writer’s Block At Concord University Featuring Author Rita Sims Quillen

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 08 2015

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,         





 ATHENS, W.Va. – Author Rita Sims Quillen will visit the Concord University campus April 13 and April 14 for two presentations. On Monday, April 13 her presentation will be at 3 p.m. and the presentation for Tuesday, April 14 will begin at 12:30 p.m. Both presentations will be in Marsh Library Room 202 as part of the ongoing series The Writer’s Block.

Quillen’s 2014 novel “Hiding Ezra,” published by Little Creek Books, was a finalist in the 2005 DANA Awards competition, and a chapter of the novel is included in the new scholarly study of Appalachian dialect by the University of Kentucky Press entitled “Talking Appalachian.” Her new poetry chapbook, “Something Solid to Anchor To” was also published in 2014.

One of six-semi-finalists for the 2012-14 Poet Laureate of Virginia, Quillen received a Pushcart nomination as well as a Best of the Net nomination in 2012 for her poetry. Her recent collection, “Her Secret Dream,” new and selected poems, was published by Wind Press in Kentucky and was named the Outstanding Poetry Book of the Year by the Appalachian Writers Association in 2008. Previous works include collections “October Dusk” and “Counting the Sums,” along with a book of essays, “Looking for Native Ground: Contemporary Appalachian Poetry.”

After retiring from a successful teaching career, she now lives and farms on Early Autumn Farm in Scott County, Virginia.

Students, faculty, staff and members of the community are invited to attend the monthly meeting of The Writer’s Block. For additional information contact Dr. Delilah O’Haynes at or 304-384-5261.


Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 extension 6086

if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.