CHESTER – Whether its fantasy or reality, read silently or performed, glowing on an electronic screen or printed on a piece of paper, writing holds the power to spark emotion and to inspire. John Tyler Community College will celebrate writing, in all its forms, during its 20th Annual Literary Festival.

The festival will take place February 24 through March 4 with events and activities at both of Tyler’s campuses.

meg-madinaMeg Medina, an award-winning Cuban American author who writes picture books, middle grade, and young adult fiction, headlines this year’s festival. Medina is the 2014 recipient of the Pura Belpré medal, the 2013 CYBILS Fiction winner, and the 2012 Ezra Jack Keats New Writers medal winner. In March 2014, she was recognized as one of CNN’s 10 Visionary Women in America. In addition to participating in a reading and book signing event that will be open to the community, Medina will lead writing workshops designed specifically for John Tyler students.

JTCC-Evan-Guilford-Blake-liTyler’s Literary Festival also features playwright Evan Guilford-Blake. Guilford-Blake’s plays have been produced internationally and have won 38 playwriting competitions, including Ireland’s Eamon Keane Award, the Tennessee Williams one-act contest, the Dayton (OH) Playhouse FutureFest, and the Arts Club of Washington competition. He’s also won awards for his short fiction, poetry and children’s works. Guildford-Blake will give a staged reading of one of his plays and will hold a playwriting workshop.

Directions to Tyler’s Chester and Midlothian campuses may be found at www.jtcc.edu/locations. For additional information about the Literary Festival, contact Jeff Landon, associate professor of English, at jlandon@jtcc.edu or 804-594-1473.

Literary Festival Schedule

Meg Medina Reception, Reading & Book Signing
February 24, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Midlothian Campus, Hamel Hall, room H109

Student Speech Contest
February 25, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Chester Campus, Bird Hall, room B124

Playwriting Workshop led by Evan Guilford-Blake
February 26, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Midlothian Campus, Hamel Hall, room H109

Poetry Slam
February 26, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Midlothian Campus, Hamel Hall, room H109

Theatre Presentation of The Cindy Variations,
reading of a new play by Evan Guilford-Blake
February 26, 7 p.m.
Midlothian Campus, Hamel Hall, room H109

Student and Faculty Readings
March 3, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
Midlothian Campus, Hamel Hall, room H109

Student and Faculty Readings
March 4, 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
Chester Campus, Bird Hall, room B124

John Tyler Community College’s 20th Annual Literary Festival features several events that are free and open to the public.

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