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Out of Nowherea poem that connects “adult orphans”


HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Aug. 25, 2008) – Tidewater Community College writing instructor Mary L. Martin will receive her first “royalty” this fall with publication of one of her poems in a juried anthology of poetry and short stories.

“Out of Nowhere” will appear in The Poet’s Domain, Vol. 24, published by Live Wire Press, Charlottesville, Va., due out this November. The competitive selection process included work by poets from North and South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware.

Written shortly after her mother’s death, “Out of Nowhere” offers solace and spiritual connection to others, says Martin, who also serves as learning communities coordinator at TCC’s Portsmouth Campus. “Writing this poem was an epiphany for me; it gives me great comfort to read it even today. Being a Baby Boomer, I hoped the poem would touch the lives of others who had lost their parents or who must, at some point, however begrudgingly, become adult orphans, too.”

Martin, whose work appears regularly with pieces by other Chesapeake Bay-area writers in a local anthology, Skipping Stones (Mindworm Press), notes how art can arise from loss. Her beloved father died suddenly just four months after her mother, and followed her husband’s loss of his parents in 2005.

Martin has other projects in the works, including a nonfiction novel, Beechwell, based on where she once lived that has historical relevance to Whaleyville in Suffolk. “I plan on recording oral histories about the colorful people who once lived there,” she adds. She’s also outlining a play about complacency toward AIDS resulting in a rise of HIV in Hispanics, women and teenagers, including in South Hampton Roads.

The poetry anthology will be available after its release at the college’s bookstore, Barnes & Noble at TCC. Martin plans to read from her work during the premier Books in the Park event on Sept. 28 in Town Point Park, Norfolk – part of the Sunrise to Sunset Acoustic Music Festival, in a new partnership with TCC and its bookstore.

For information, contact TCC’s Information Center, 822-1122, or bookstore, 625-3459.




Laurie White
Media Relations

Celebrating its 40th year, Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls nearly 40,000 students and has the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 23rd highest producer of associate degrees in the nation, and the 35th largest community college, TCC is among the 20 fastest-growing large two-year institutions in the United States. 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 Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit