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JTCC’s 22nd Annual Literary Festival Features Authors, Speeches and a Theatrical Performance

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Holly Walker
Public Relations Manager
804-594-1530
hwalker@jtcc.edu

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Heather Busch
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Released on February 22, 2017

JTCC’s 22nd Annual Literary Festival Features Authors, Speeches and a Theatrical Performance

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – The many ways imagination and ideas are brought to life will be celebrated March 6 – 9, 2017, during John Tyler Community College’s 22nd Annual Literary Festival. Speeches, readings, prose, suspense and theatrics designed to inspire, educate and entertain are on the agenda at events taking place at both Tyler campuses. 

The festival will feature special guest, Nicole Cushing, the Bram Stoker Award winning author of Mr. Suicide. Cushing is also the author of the Stoker nominated short story collection, The Mirrors, and three stand-alone novellas, including the Shirley Jackson Award nominated Children of No One. Cushing will participate in a reception, reading and book signing on March 7. She will also lead writing workshops for Tyler students.

Tyler’s Literary Festival also welcomes the Quill Theatre and the African American Repertory Theatre for a special performance on March 9 of The Top of Bravery, based on the life of Bert Williams, beloved African American Vaudeville star of stage and screen.

The community is invited to attend John Tyler Community College’s Literary Festival events, including: 

Monday, March 6
Student and Faculty Readings
12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
Midlothian, Hamel Hall, H109

Tuesday, March 7
Nicole Cushing: Reception, Readings and Book Signing
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Midlothian, Hamel Hall, H109

Wednesday, March 8
Student Speech Contest
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Chester, Bird Hall, B124

Thursday, March 9
Student and Faculty Readings
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Chester, Bird Hall, B124

Thursday, March 9
Sonnet Slam
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Midlothian, T Building, The Lynn Theatre (T112)

Thursday, March 9
Theatre Presentation
The Top of Bravery
Presented by Quill Theatre and African American Repertory Theatre
7:00 p.m.
Midlothian, T Building, The Lynn Theatre (T112)


All of events are free and are open to the community. 

For directions to Tyler’s campuses, visit www.jtcc.edu/locations. For more information about Tyler’s Literary Festival, contact Jeff Landon at jlandon@jtcc.edu

John Tyler Community College, celebrating 50 years of providing educational opportunities to Central Virginia, 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 affordable, quality programs 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 14,100 students during the 2015-16 academic year, offers more than 60 majors, including associate degrees and certificates. The institution also serves more than 12,000 non-credit trainees and over 900 companies and government agencies annually through the Community College Workforce Alliance. 

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