Dr. Harriette Arrington leads a storytelling session during the last Literary Festival at the Hobbs Suffolk Campus.
Literary Club Advisor Ronette Jacobs talks with author and poet Nathan Richardson during a previous Literary Festival.
Paul D. Camp Community College’s Literary Club is sponsoring its 5th Annual Literary Festival Friday, April 25, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road. This year’s theme is “Journeying with Words.”
“This event provides a wonderful, family-oriented opportunity for our students, faculty, staff and the community to come together to share in the appreciation of existing literary works and to promote the creation of new works,” said Literary Club Advisor and assistant Professor of English.
The festival will feature panel readings by Hampton Roads-based authors and poets Nathan M. Richardson, Phyllis C. Johnson, Dr. Angela Corprew-Boyd, Tony Ruggiero, and Northern Virginia resident Timothy Lee Giles.
More About the Panel:
- Richardson, a performance poet and published author, founded Spiritual Concepts Publishing, which offers consulting and workshops for emerging writers. He is a recipient of the 2012 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award and the 2012 Move Maker Award. He is a native of Suffolk.
- Johnson is an artist, a poet and an actress, who has received national and international attention from her poetic interpretation of Anne Frank’s diary. Among her other published works, she has co-authored a suspense novel and penned a romantic comedy. She is a member of the Hampton Roads Writers and the Chesapeake Romance Writers.
- The founder of Women Empowered in the Millennium Inc. and Angela Corprew-Boyd Ministries Inc., the Elder and author Corprew-Boyd conducts Empowered Leadership Training sessions. She has traveled across the globe to teach and preach the gospel and to serve as a conference consultant.
- A Suffolk native, Giles is a self-taught artist, specializing in watercolors. He has self-published two books. He has lived in many different countries, which have served as inspirations for some of his artwork. He has shown in numerous galleries and his work has been showcased at many festivals.
- Best known for his dark fantasy thrillers about vampires being used by the U.S. military, Ruggiero has written a series of books on the subject. He has his own short story collection, “Humans Need Not Apply,” and his short stories are included in several anthologies. Audio versions of some of his books will be available this year.
Following the panel readings, the authors will be available to autograph books.
The Literary Festival will also be highlighted by poetry open-mic sessions, readings from the student poetry contest winners and raffles. All raffle proceeds will support the PDCCC Literary Club’s efforts to continue offering community programs and college events.
In addition, plenty of activities have been planned for the children’s entertainment. These include storytelling by Paul Wm. Conco, Ph.D., College President, and Dr. Harriette Arrington, dean of the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, as well as puppet shows, and arts and crafts.
The event is free. For more information, contact Jacobs at 757.925.6331 or firstname.lastname@example.org.