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Literary Festival 2011

TCC welcomed writers, a poet, a philosopher and a film maker to the 10th annual Literary Festival, held April 11-14, with the theme: Words of Hope for our Fragile Planet.

April 11 - Robert Hass


The event launched with Robert Hass, past U.S. Poet Laureate, who gave the keynote talk and reading on April 11 at the Roper Performing Arts Center on the Norfolk Campus. Haas earned the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize for his poetry collection, Time and Material. While serving as Poet Laureate, Hass’ deep commitment to environmental issues led him to establish River of Words, an organization that promotes environmental and arts education in affiliation with the Library of Congress Center for the Book.

April 11 - Marietta McCarty


Passionate about philosophy, Marietta McCarty spoke to students about her life’s work on April 11 at the Virginia Beach Campus. For more than 20 years, McCarty has introduced the life-affirming implications of philosophy to school children across central Virginia and elsewhere. Author of the national bestseller, Little Big Minds: Sharing Philosophy with Kids, McCarty believes that mental clarity paves the way for good living. Above left, McCarty was a guest on The Hampton Roads Show, Fox 43, promoting the festival.

April 12 - Bob Reiss


Sharing insights with students, Bob Reiss read from his works at the Advanced Technology Center on the Virginia Beach Campus on April 12. A former Chicago Tribune reporter and correspondent for Outside Magazine, Reiss has published 14 novels under his own name and an additional five under his pseudonym, Ethan Black. His most recent novel, Black Monday, chronicles the collapse of the world. It has been optioned by Paramount and is being developed for a major motion picture.

April 13 - Noah Hutton

Film maker Noah Hutton talked with students on April 13 about environmental concerns and presented his documentary, Crude Independence, at the Commodore Theatre in Portsmouth. The film examines the impact of the largest oil discovery in the history of North America on the tiny North Dakota town of Stanley. It won Best Documentary Feature at the 2009 Oxford Film Festival. Currently, Hutton is filming year one of a planned 10-year documentary exploring The Blue Brain Project, an attempt to simulate an entire human brain, neuron by neuron, in a massive virtual simulation on IBM supercomputers.

April 14 - Earl Swift

Known for two decades to readers of the Virginian-Pilot, Earl Swift’s feature stories earned him a reputation for powerful and scrupulous narrative reporting. He talked about his work with students on the Norfolk Campus on April 14. An avid outdoorsman, Swift wrote about his treks through the Appalachian Trail, sea kayaking on the Chesapeake Bay and traveling the 435-mile length of the James River by foot, canoe and kayak. Swift expanded the 22 daily Virginian-Pilot dispatches from his James River odyssey into Journey on the James: Three Weeks through the Heart of Virginia, published in 2001.

April 14 - Bruce Boston

B. H. (Bruce) Boston rounded out the event with a talk in the Studio Theatre on the Chesapeake Campus on April 14. Boston was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2006, and his work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies over the years. A book of his early poems, Only The Living, was published by Helix House Press. He is currently Poetry Editor and Consulting Managing Editor for Poetry International at San Diego State University. His latest book of poems By All Lights, is available through Tebot Bach Press.


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