Paul D. Camp Community College Holds 6th Annual Literary Festival April 24

Paul D. Camp Community College’s Literary Club is sponsoring its 6th Annual Literary Festival on the Hobbs Suffolk Campus, 271 Kenyon Road, Friday, April 24, 2105, from 6 to 9 p.m.
“We have been planning the Literary Festival for a long time,” said Literary Club Advisor and Assistant Professor of English Ronette Jacobs. “The event’s focus is to raise awareness and appreciation of literary works and to provide encouragement to writers. In addition, the college provides the perfect venue for the students, faculty, staff and the community to come together for a family-oriented night out together.” There is no admission fee.
This year’s theme is “Promoting Literacy across Generations,” and will be highlighted by the keynote panelist, Virginia’s 2012-2014 Poet Laureate Sofia M. Starnes. The author of five poetry collections, she is working on a current collection titled, In Search of Nature. Her works have appeared in more than 100 publications.
Award-winning poet, recording artist and educator Synnika Lofton will serve as the Festival Moderator. He has recorded more than 150 CDs, albums, singles and mixtapes of poetry, and has written 11 books. Lofton is the founder of Riot Speech, a new musical genre that combines performance poetry and traditional musical forms.
He teaches World Literature, British Literature and Composition while touring the country, performing at festivals, poetry readings and other events. He also teaches literature at Chesapeake Bay Academy. Lofton hosts his own poetry festival, the People’s Poetry Festival, and leads the longest running book club in Chesapeake, the African Mahogany Book Club.
In addition to the panelists, the Literary Festival will be highlighted by poetry readings from the Paul D. Camp Community College Student Poetry Contest winners. The deadline for submissions is April 10.
According to Jacobs, there will be plenty of activities for the children as well.
“We will have storytelling, arts and crafts, balloon art and face painting,” said Jacobs.
Storytelling will be led by former Dean of the Hobbs Suffolk Campus and author Dr. Harriette Arrington. She has serves as a teacher, college professor and public school administrator. In addition to writing children’s books, she has performed as a storyteller throughout the country.
Open Mic sessions and raffle drawings will also take place at the Literary Festival. For more information, contact Jacobs at 757-925-6331 or