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TCC 2014 Literary Festival, April 7-10

Tidewater Community College’s 13th annual Literary Festival explores travel writing and connection through story with keynote speaker Kelsey Timmerman and three writers featured.

The free, public festival begins April 7 at 6 p.m. with the world-traveling Timmerman sharing his experiences at the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center in downtown Norfolk. His appearance is presented by TCC’s Office for Intercultural Learning.

Timmerman’s adventures include an overnight stay in Dracula’s castle in Romania, teaching an island village to play baseball in Honduras and farming in four continents. The author of “Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People that Make our Clothes” and “Where Am I Eating? A Journey Through the Global Food Economy” delivers a message centered on urging students to think and act globally.

Additional authors are noted in order of appearance.

  • Poet Sean Thomas Dougherty, author of 13 books, including “All I Ask for is Longing: Poems 1994-2014” and “Sasha Sings the Laundry on the Line,” has performed at hundreds of venues and festivals across North America and Europe. Dougherty is known for the energy he puts into his performances, described as “electrifying.” [CANCELLED]
  • Poet Rupert Fike, whose most recent collection is titled “Lotus Buffet,” was nominated for a Pushcart prize in fiction and poetry, Fike has a poem inscribed in a downtown Atlanta plaza, and his nonfiction work, “Voices from the Farm,” accounting the life on a spiritual community in the 1970s, is in it second printing.
  • Writer Daniel Tyx, who teaches at South Texas College and has an interest in border history, has published work in “The Gettysburg Review” and “Along the River: An Anthology of Voices form the Rio Grande Valley.”


For more information, call 757-822-1122; maps and directions.

April 7

Keynote address by Kelsey Timmerman, 6 p.m.
Presented by the Office for Intercultural Learning
TCC Roper Performing Arts Center, Norfolk

Faculty/student readings, 12:30 p.m.
Portsmouth Campus Student Center, first floor

April 8

Sean Thomas Dougherty, 12:30 p.m. [CANCELLED] Portsmouth Campus Student Center, first floor

Faculty/student readings,12:30 p.m.
Pungo Auditorium, Virginia Beach Campus

April 9

Rupert Fike, 12:30 p.m.
Joint-Use Library, L102 and L103, Virginia Beach Campus

Faculty/student readings, 12:30 p.m.
Chesapeake Academic Building, Room 4101, Chesapeake Campus

April 10

Daniel Tyx, 12:30 p.m.
Chesapeake Academic Building, Room 4101, Chesapeake Campus

Faculty/student readings, 12:30 p.m.
Norfolk Student Center, fifth floor, Norfolk Campus (TCC ID required.)