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Joe Oestreich to Bring Unique Blend of Rock-n-Roll and Writing to the JTCC Literary Festival

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Holly Walker
Public Relations Manager

Secondary Media Contact:
Heather Busch
Creative Services Manager

Released on February 06, 2013

Joe Oestreich to Participate in JTCC Literary Festival

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – The written word is a powerful force – one that can create haunting stories, adoring verses, imaginative lyrics, belly-aching laughs, dramatic speeches, and theatrical spectacles. This variety will be celebrated during  John Tyler Community College’s 18th Annual Literary Festival, February 19–28, 2013. The festival will feature Joe Oestreich, an author, songwriter and musician whose memoir, Hitless Wonder: A Life in Minor League Rock and Roll, documents his twenty-plus years in the rock band Watershed. Oestreich’s work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Esquire, Ninth Letter, Fourth Genre, and in other publications. He is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Coastal Carolina University.  In addition to participating in a reading and book signing event that will be open to the community, Oestreich will lead writing workshops designed specifically for John Tyler students.

The Literary Festival features several events that are open to the public, including:
Joe Oestreich Reception, Reading and Book Signing
February 19
7:00 p.m.
Midlothian Campus, Hamel Hall, room H109

Student and Faculty Readings
February 21
11:30 a.m.
Midlothian Campus, Hamel Hall, room H109

Student Speech Contest
February 26
1:00 p.m.
Chester Campus, Bird Hall, room B124

Theatre Presentation: The Belle of Amherst
A staged reading by actress Catherine Bryne, who teaches acting at John Tyler.
February 26
7:00 p.m.
Midlothian Campus, Hamel Hall, room H109

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

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

To learn more about Joe Oestreich, visit For additional information about the John Tyler Community College Literary Festival, visit, or contact Jeff Landon at or 804-594-1473.  For 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 14,895 students during the 2011-12 academic year, offers 18 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 Hamel Hall on its Midlothian Campus, 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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