Voices of Freedom: American Political Life – TCC’s 16th Annual Literary Festival

Voices of Freedom: American Political Life - TCC's 16th Annual Literary Festival

TCC kicks off April with it's 16th annual Literary Festival. The theme this year will be Voices of Freedom: American Political Life. The event features four writers close to the Hampton Roads community and will be held from April 3rd to April 6th with events on all four campuses. TCC faculty members and students will also read from their original works.The events are presented by the Intercultural Learning Center. All events are free and open to the public.

The key note speaker for the Literary Festival is Mayda del Valle. She will present on April 6th at 12:30 p.m. on the Portsmouth Campus in the Student Center multipurpose room. In 2001 she became the youngest person and first Latina to win the National Slam Poetry title. She appeared on HBO's "Def Poetry Jam" and was a contributing writer and original cast member of the Tony Award-winning “Def Poetry Jam” on Broadway. She has been featured in Latina Magazine, the New York Times and Smithsonian Magazine. In May of 2009 she was invited to preform at the White House for President Obama and the First Lady. She is currently a teaching artist with the nonprofit youth organization Street Poets, facilitating workshops around Los Angeles-area high schools and probation camps.



On April 3rd award winning author and ODU Professor Tom Robotham will present at 12:30 p.m., on the 5th Floor of the Student Center on Norfolk Campus He has more than 30 years of experience in the world of writing and editing and has published six books on American Culture.  He has also published hundreds of articles and essays in regional and national magazines.




On April 4th Tim Seibles will present at 12:30 p.m,  in Image resultthe Black Box Theatre of Chesapeake Campus. He is an ODU English professor and in 2016 was selected as the poet laureate of Virginia. His work focuses on racism, class conflict, and intimacy. He explores these themes in his collections of poetry including, “Body Moves,” “Hurdy-Gurdy” and “Fast Animal,” which won the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize.




Image result for Drew Anderson vaOn April 5th Drew Anderson will present at 12:30 p.m., on the 2nd Floor of the Joint-Use Library on Virginia Beach Campus. He is a Hip-hop artist, slam poet and veteran middle and high school teacher. He published his first collection of poetry in 2001, “Droopy: Dat Boy’s A Fool,” through his company Broke Baller Enterprises. His other published works include, “Feel No Way: The Drew Testament” and “I’ll Probably Die Writing.” He has also coached and judged many poetry performance competitions  including DC Scores Youth Slam, Higher Achievement and Upward Bound.




Bring your friend's and family and enjoy the free events hosted throughout the first week of April at each TCC Campus.

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