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 This year’s timely focus – “Political Punditry”

All free, public invited


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HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (March 13, 2008) – Tidewater Community College announces its seventh annual Literary Festival – April 14-17 – featuring a double-header opening night with political satirists The Capitol Steps and editorial cartoonist Mike Luckovich.

This year’s festival focuses on the timely theme of political humor, showcasing on TCC’s four campuses (in order of appearance) the talents of two-time Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Mike Luckovich; political comedic performers The Capitol Steps; Borat “victim” and political expert/humorist/speech coach Patrick Haggerty; author and Port Folio Weekly editor/columnist Tom Robotham; poet and professor Alan Ainsworth.

With an emphasis on offering community access to topical writings, the festival features a keynote presenter/performance, authors speaking on each of TCC’s four campuses, and faculty/student readings of their work. The Literary Festival also unveils the best-of-student writing in ChannelMarker, an annual publication.

TCC’s Literary Festival is free and open to the public; seating is first come, first served. For information, contact TCC’s Information Center, 822-1122. For campus maps and driving directions, click:




Monday, April 14 – Opening night features two keynotes:

7 p.m.

Keynote address by Mike Luckovich – book signing after both performances

TCC Roper Center, 340 Granby St., Norfolk Campus
Keynote performance by The Capitol StepsCDs, poster signing after both performances

TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center, 340 Granby St., Norfolk Campus



Tuesday, April 15

12:30 p.m.

Faculty/staff/student readings – followed by reception

Room 4235, TCC Roper Center, Norfolk Campus

12:30 p.m.

Faculty/staff/student “Open Mic” readings – followed by reception

Room 222, Beasley Building, Portsmouth Campus

5:30 p.m.

Student readings – reception follows 7 p.m. address

Studio Theatre, Pass Building, Chesapeake Campus

7 p.m.

Campus address by Patrick Haggerty – followed by reception

Studio Theatre, Pass Building, Chesapeake Campus


Wednesday, April 16

12:30 p.m.

Campus address by Patrick Haggerty – followed by reception

Room 2505, Martin Building, 300 Granby St., Norfolk Campus

7 p.m.

Campus reading by Tom Robotham – followed by reception

Waterfront Conference Room 520, Beasley Building, Portsmouth Campus


Thursday, April 17 

7 p.m.

Campus reading by Alan Ainsworth – followed by reception and book signing

Pungo Building Auditorium, Virginia Beach Campus




Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls over 38,000 students annually, the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 35th largest community college in the nation, TCC is among the 20 fastest-growing large two-year institutions in the United States. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit