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Acclaimed writer and novelist to highlight TCC’s 4th
Annual Literary Festival
Festival also to feature Sharyn McCrumb and other authors
Pictured from left to right, Jamaica
Kincaid, and Sharyn McCrumb
HAMPTON ROADS, Va. –
(March 8, 2005) – Tidewater Community College launches its
4th Annual Literary Festival with a schedule of activities and speakers
ranging from famous national writers to regional talented authors.
The Literary Festival promotes cultural development of the entire
Hampton Roads community.
Held April 4 through April 8, this exciting annual festival presents
world-renowned authors, poetry readings, receptions and faculty
and students’ literary works. All events are free
and open to the public.
Award-winning writer and novelist Jamaica Kincaid
opens the festival at 7 p.m. on April 4 at the TCC Jeanne and George
Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk. And at 7 p.m. on April
5, famed Appalachian novelist Sharyn McCrumb will
treat the audience to her experiences in weaving ballad novels.
Kincaid, a native of Antigua, has become one of the most influential
and important authors writing today. She is known for her books
that vividly describe the difficult coming-of-age of strong-minded
girls who, very much like herself, were born into poverty. Her style
has been described as “emotional truthfulness,” and
Kincaid has carved out a unique place in American literature, with
novels such as Annie John, Lucy, A Small Place and At the Bottom
of the River, which won the Morton Dauwen Zabel Award from the American
Academy and Institute of Arts.
Kincaid left Antigua at the age of 17, bound for New York and a
job as an au pair. After working for three years and taking night
classes at a community college, Kincaid won a full scholarship to
Franconia College in New Hampshire. Back in New York she started
a job writing interviews for a teenage girls’ magazine. Kincaid’s
work in The Village Voice and Ingenue magazine caught the attention
of then-legendary editor Williams Shawn of The New Yorker. Kincaid
became a staff writer for the magazine in 1976 and stayed there
for nine years.
The complete Literary Festival activities are as follows:
Monday, April 4
1 p.m., Room 2502, Norfolk Campus
Keynote Address - Jamaica Kincaid
7 p.m., TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center, Norfolk
Tuesday, April 5
12:30 p.m., Waterfront Conference Room, Portsmouth Campus
12:30 p.m. Room B100, Virginia Beach Campus
7 p.m., Pungo Auditorium, Virginia Beach Campus
Sharyn McCrumb’s award-winning novels celebrating the history
and folklore of Appalachia have received scholarly acclaim and ranked
on the New York Times Best-Seller lists. A graduate of the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with an MA in English from Virginia
Tech, she has lectured on her work at Oxford University, the University
of Bonn- Germany, and the Smithsonian Institution; taught a writers
workshop in Paris, and served as writer-in-residence at King College
in Tennessee. The Appalachian Writer’s Association in 1997
honored Sharon for Outstanding Contribution to Appalachian Literature.
She has a long list of awards to her credit.
Wednesday, April 6
11 a.m., Waterfront Conference Room, Portsmouth Campus
Jay Paul is a professor of English at Christopher Newport University
where he directs the honors program and teaches advanced writing
and honors seminars. His publications range from poetry to short
fiction, critical studies and book reviews. His poems have appeared
in many publications including Hyperion, New Virginia Review, Panoply,
Poetry Northwest, and Shenandoah. A collection of his poems, Going
Home in Flood Time, was published in 1999.
1 p.m., Room 2505, Norfolk Campus
In addition to Hammerlock, Tim Seibles is the author of Body Moves
and Hurdy-Gurdy. His newest collection, Buffalo Head Solos, has
just been released by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center.
He is a former NEA fellow and received an Open Voice Award from
the 63rd Street Y in New York City. His work has been featured in
anthologies such as Humor Me, Role Call, Outsiders, and The Poets’
Grimm. He has led workshops for Cave Canem – a retreat for
African American writers – and for the Zora Neale Hurston-Richard
Wright Foundation. He lives in Norfolk where he teaches courses
for Old Dominion University’s English department and MFA in
Thursday, April 7
Noon, Chesapeake Campus Theater
John Slade, an English professor with a doctorate in literature
from Stanford University, has taught in the United States, the Caribbean,
Norway and Russia, and is the author of 10 books. Slade’s
passion for life and the environment are evident in his writings.
He will feature his most recent novel, Oslo, in April, an engaging
tale about a symphonic conductor.
Collegewide Faculty Readings
7 p.m., Room 2057 A/B, Whitehurst Building, Chesapeake Campus
Rick Alley is the author of The Talking Book of
July, a book of poems published by Eastern Washington University
Rachel Blue Ankney has been published by the Chrysler Museum
of Art-Celebration of Ekphrasis. She is currently working on her
memoir, The Last of the Handpicked Tomatoes, and her compilation
of poems, This Island's History.
Joe Antinarella has co-authored three books on
Robert P. Arthur has published a best-selling book
of poetry, Hymn to the Chesapeake, and has published or had produced
18 other books and/or plays. Two of his poem/plays have won Port
Folio awards and he has been awarded three life-time Achievement
Awards for Poetry, Playwriting and Criticism, including the Christians
in the Arts Award in 2002.
Susan Boland, who teaches English as a Second Language,
has recently joined the TCC faculty. Susan primarily works in creative
nonfiction, and has been published in The Virginian-Pilot, Naval
History Magazine and Portfolio. Her work, as well as more information
about Susan, is available at www.tcc.edu/faculty/webpages/SBoland.
Mike Cohen has been on the adjunct faculty for more than
10 years, teaching math at the Norfolk Campus and physics at Chesapeake.
He is also on the adjunct faculty at Old Dominion University and
works full time as a senior contract administrator for Northrop
Grumman Newport News.
William Galloway has published poems in Western Humanities
Review, Exquisite Corpse, The Sow's Ear, and some smaller publications
Doug Thiele is a poet and lyricist who received
his masters degree in creative writing from Indiana University.
His lyrics have been recorded by major recording artists, and he
is internationally published in the craft of songwriting. His latest
collection of poems, Like Chinese Milk, is available at
Laurie Sisson Skidmore White - With a penchant for musings
inspired by others’ tales - useful in her work as TCC’s
chief communications officer - White wrote and designed a short
book about 12 collectors for her graduate thesis. A Passion for
the Hunt: The Collector’s Soul, sits only on the shelves of
family and friends.
Tom Williams’s poems have appeared in Blue
Collar Review, Stray Dog and Poets Against The War. He is a poetry
editor for Ordinary Review.
All events are free and open to the public. Call 757-822-1122 for
more information or visit the web site, http://www.tcc.edu/LiteraryFestival/index.htm.
Tidewater Community College
is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth
of Virginia, enrolling more than 35,000 students annually. The 37th
largest in the nation’s 1,600 community-college network, TCC
ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large community colleges. Founded
in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the
college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake,
Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne
and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district
in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth
and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-four
percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university
in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information,