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News Release

Pulitzer Prize Winner Claudia Emerson Headlines John Tyler Community College Literary Festival

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Holly Walker
Public Relations Manager

Secondary Media Contact:
Heather Busch
Creative Services Manager

Released on February 02, 2012

Claudia Emerson
Photo credit required: © Miriam Berkley

News Release Highlights
  • Annual Literary Festival features poet Claudia Emerson
  • Works by John Tyler students and faculty to be highlighted
  • All activities are free and open to the community

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – Poetry, creative writing, theatre, speeches and more will be celebrated during John Tyler Community College’s 17th Annual Literary Festival, February 21-29, 2012. The festival will feature Claudia Emerson who won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for her collection Late Wife: Poems. Emerson is a professor of English and is Arrington Distinguished Chair in Poetry at the University of Mary Washington. In addition to participating in a reading and book signing event that will be open to the community, Emerson will lead writing workshops designed specifically for John Tyler students.

The Literary Festival features several events that are open to the public, including:

Student Speech Contest
February 21
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Chester Campus, Bird Hall, room B124

Claudia Emerson Reception, Reading and Book Signing
February 21
7:00 p.m.
Midlothian Campus, Science Building, room C109

Student and Faculty Readings
February 23
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Midlothian Campus, Science Building, room C109

Student and Faculty Readings
February 28
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Chester Campus, Bird Hall, room B124

Theatre Presentation of Something Shakespeare
February 29
7:00 p.m.
Midlothian Campus, Science Building, room C109

All of the above activities open to the community, and admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.

To learn more about Claudia Emerson, visit http://claudiaemerson.org/. For additional information about the John Tyler Community College Literary Festival, visit www.jtcc.edu/events, or contact Jeff Landon at jlandon@jtcc.edu. For the addresses and directions to John Tyler Community College’s Chester and Midlothian campuses, go to www.jtcc.edu/locations.

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 14,522 students during the 2010-11 academic year, offers 17 associate degrees, eight certificates, and 35 career studies certificates. The institution also serves 15,000 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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