Literary Club Advisor, from left, with contest winner Tori Gray, Professor of Business Management and Marketing Management David Lydick, Literary Club President Wanda Olden, contest winner Eryn Owen and Literary Club Vice President Micah Thomas. Lydick sponsored the poetry winners’ prizes.
The Paul D. Camp Community College Literary Club’s Sixth Annual Literary Festival drew approximately 100 attendees to the Suffolk Hobbs Campus.
“It was truly a momentous occasion— a festival like never before,” said Literary Club Advisor Ronette Jacobs.
The event featured Virginia’s 2012-14 Poet Laureate Sofia M. Starnes as keynote speaker, award-winning poet, recording artist and educator Synnika Lofton as the moderator, and Dr. Harriette Arrington as the dynamic storyteller. Activities for the children included balloon art by Ryan-the-Balloon-Guy Ryan Lavallee and face painting.
Another highlight scheduled was original readings by winners of the PDCCC Student Poetry Contest.
The following are the winners of the PDCCC Student Poetry Contest:
- First Place ($25): Tori Gray of Suffolk for “A Stormy Mind”
- Second Place ($15): Eryn Owen of Suffolk for “Grandma and Granddaddy” and “For Kids”
- Third Place ($10): James McMichael of Buena Vista for “She Says it Was Delusional”
“We had a lot of wonderful entries,” said Jacobs. “In addition, the club members did an incredible job of planning around our theme, “Promoting Literary across Generations. We look forward to next year’s event.”
Children enjoyed activities such as balloon art with Ryan Lavallee and other arts and crafts during the festival.