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Literary Festival



Tidewater Community College's annual celebration of the written word.


The Office for Intercultural Learning presents

Jon Pineda

author of "Apology," winner of the 2013 Milkweed National Fiction Prize

Monday, April 6

12:30 p.m.

Black Box Theatre

Academic Building

TCC Chesapeake Campus

Free and open to the public


In the next installment of its year-long "Changing America" theme, the TCC Office for Intercultural Learning presents the 2015 TCC Literary Festival, featuring five noted Virginia authors.

Jon Pineda's memoir “Sleep in Me” was a 2010 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. He also received recognition for his poetry collections, “The Translator’s Diary,” which won the Green Rose Prize, and “Birthmark,” winner of the Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry Open Competition.

Pineda’s latest work, “Little Anodynes,” was a finalist for the National Poetry Series. He is a recipient of a Virginia Commission for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, and his work has appeared in numerous literary journals. Pineda teaches at Queens University of Charlotte, N.C., and the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg. He lives in Virginia.

"Incessant editing is something that comes from Pineda’s poetry background. So too is the way he tells the story—in a long line of tiny, imagistic scenes that often focus attention on small things going on in the background. The resultant prose is tight and stretched over the lean frame of a book weighing in at just under 200 pages. But those pages pack a punch." -- Bill Glose, Virginia Living Magazine


Also featured at this year's TCC Literary Festival:

Sheri Reynolds

Sheri Reynolds, born and raised in rural South Carolina and resident of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, writes contemporary Southern fiction. She is the author of the novels “Bitterroot Landing,” “The Rapture of Canaan” (an Oprah Book Club selection and New York Times bestseller), “A Gracious Plenty” and “The Homespun Wisdom of Myrtle T. Cribb.” Her play, “Orabelle's Wheelbarrow,” won the Women Playwrights’ Initiative playwriting competition for 2005. Reynolds recently completed her seventh novel, “The Cordial Grave.” She teaches creative writing and literature at Old Dominion University.

Jeff Hecker Jeff Hecker was born in Norfolk. He is the author of “Rumble Seat” and the chapbooks “Hornbook,” “Instructions for the Orgy,” and “Before He Let Them Guide Sleigh.” He holds a bachelor’s from Old Dominion.
Tim Seibles Tim Seibles, a member of ODU’s English faculty, is the author of numerous poetry collections, including “Hurdy-Gurdy,” “Hammerlock” and “Buffalo Head Solos.” His most recent release, “Fast Animal,” won the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize and was one of five finalists for the 2012 National Book Award. Seibles has served as a workshop leader for Cave Canem, a writer’s retreat for African American poets and for the Hurston/Wright Foundation, dedicated to developing African American writers. His honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, as well as an Open Voice Award from the National Writers Voice Project.
Shelly Wagner Shelly Wagner’s first collection of poetry, “The Andrew Poems,” was written following the drowning death of her young son. Her poetry has since appeared in numerous journals, including Poetry East and Triquarterly, and her other written work has appeared in both literature and psychology textbooks. She lives in Norfolk.




Monday, April 6

Jon Pineda

Chesapeake Campus,Academic Building, Black Box Theatre

12:30 p.m.



Tuesday, April 7

Student and faculty readings





Sheri Reynolds



Jeff Hecker

  • Chesapeake Campus, Academic Building, Black Box Theatre
  • Norfolk Campus, Student Center, 5th Floor
  • Portsmouth Campus, Building A, Room A101

Virginia Beach Campus, Joint-Use Library, rooms L102 and L103

Chesapeake Campus, Academic Building, Room 4311 (3rd floor)

12:30 p.m.





7 p.m.


7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 8

Tim Seibles


Portsmouth Campus, Building A, Room A101


12:30 p.m.



Thursday, April 9

Shelly Wagner


Student and faculty readings

Norfolk Campus, Student Center, 5th floor

Virginia Beach Campus, Student Center, Room K304

12:30 p.m.


12:30 p.m.

* Events and times are subject to change

Maps and Directions

For more information, call 757-822-1122 or email


TCC provides  reasonable accommodations to attendees with disabilities. If you require a sign language interpreter, or other accommodations in order to participate in the event, please contact Educational Accessibility or call the TCC Information Center at 757-822-1122. We will require such notification of your needs at least two weeks in advance of the event in order to ensure your needs are met.