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News Release

John Tyler Community College to Hold its 16th Annual Literary Festival

Primary Media Contact:
Holly Walker
Public Relations Manager

Secondary Media Contact:
Heather Busch
Creative Services Manager

Released on February 03, 2011

News Release Highlights

  • Annual Literary Festival features author Kirk Nesset
  • Works by John Tyler students and faculty to be highlighted
  • Theatre presentation by Catherine Byrne
  • All activities are free and open to the community

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – Creative writing, poetry, speeches, art and theatre all will be celebrated during John Tyler Community College’s 16th Annual Literary Festival, February 23 – March 1, 2011. This year’s special guest will be Kirk Nesset, author of Paradise Road, Mr. Agreeable, Alphabet of the World and The Stories of Raymond Carver. Nesset is a professor of English and creative writing at Allegheny College and is the recipient of the Drue Heinz prize in Literature and a Pushcart Prize. In addition, to readings, workshops and contests, the festival will include a gallery talk by John Tyler Professor of Art Colin Ferguson, who will discuss his upcoming exhibit Intimate Portraits, and a theatre presentation of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own performed by Catherine Byrne, who teaches acting at John Tyler.

The schedule of Literary Festival Activities includes:

Wednesday, February 23
Theatre Presentation
Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own
Performed by Catherine Byrne
7:00 p.m.
Midlothian Campus
Science Building, room C109

Thursday, February 24
Student and Faculty Readings
(Faculty Readers: Mattie Coll, Jeff Landon, Angela Vogel and Carmen Wong)
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Midlothian Campus
Science Building, room C109

Student Speech Contest
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.,
Chester Campus
Bird Hall, room B124

Monday, February 28
Kirk Nesset Reading
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Chester Campus
Bird Hall, room B124

Tuesday, March 1
Student and Faculty Readings
(Faculty Readers: Lukis Kauffman, Gail Giewont, Ashanti Luke and Jennifer Odom)
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Chester Campus
Bird Hall, room B124

Intimate Portraits Gallery Talk by JTCC Professor of Art Colin Ferguson
5:30 p.m.
Midlothian Campus
Science Building, room C109

Kirk Nesset Reading, Reception and Book Signing
6:00 p.m.
Midlothian Campus
Science Building, room C109

All activities are free and open to the community. Light refreshments will be served. Attendees are encouraged to bring spare change to support Pennies for Peace, sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, John Tyler Community College’s honor society. Pennies for Peace promotes and supports community-based education, especially for girls, in remote regions of northern Pakistan and Afghanistan.

To learn more about Kirk Nesset, visit his web site at For additional information about the Literary Festival, visit or contact Sandra Via at or Jeff Landon at For the addresses and directions to John Tyler Community College’s Chester and Midlothian campuses, go to

John Tyler Community College is a two-year, public institution of higher education and is the fifth largest of the 23 community colleges in Virginia. With campuses in Chester and Midlothian and off-campus classrooms throughout the area, John Tyler offers quality and economical opportunities for students who want to earn a degree or certificate, transfer to a four-year college or university, train for the workforce, or switch careers. The College, which served more than 13,690 students during the 2009 – 10 academic year, offers 17 associate degrees, seven certificates and 35 career studies certificates. The institution also serves 20,000 non-credit students and more than 1,000 companies and government agencies annually through the Community College Workforce Alliance. The College also is committed to sustainability. In July 2010, it received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for its Midlothian Campus Science Building, becoming the first in the Virginia Community College System to receive such recognition. John Tyler Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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