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TCC 2009 Literary Festival Faculty Bios

Rachel Ankney

Rachel Ankney, Norfolk resident and Florida native, says her writings, creations and babbles marinate, originate and permeate with her Gulf coast upbringing. Ankney teaches English at TCC’s Virginia Beach Campus, and while she’d rather be writing for a living, she enjoys her career and her work with students. Ankney has time to write and plenty of material to write about.
Nancy Jolemore Nancy Jolemore, a long-time Norfolk resident, holds three degrees from Old Dominion University including a bachelor’s and master’s in creative writing, and a master’s in English instruction. She teaches writing online and at TCC’s Norfolk Campus. She lives near the Lafayette River with her family, and has three grandchildren, one dog and four cats. She hopes to retire someday and move to the Eastern Shore, where she plans to get rich writing the great American novel.

Bob Kunzinger

Bob Kunzinger, Virginia Beach resident, grew up in New York, but went to high school in Virginia Beach. He has written four books, most recently Penance and Meanwhile in Leningrad, and pens articles for regional and national publications. His essay, Sliced Bread, was listed in Best American Essays 2008. He teaches English at TCC’s Virginia Beach Campus.
David Kiracofe David Kiracofe, Norfolk native and TCC history professor, recently published Thomas Jefferson: A Public Life, A Private Life. Published by Nova Science Publishers, the book is one volume of the First Men, America’s Presidents Series. His research interests include early American life, the American Revolution in Virginia, and the role of historical memory and imagination in the development of identity.  He has published numerous articles and reviews in professional historical journals. He is working on a biography of Norfolk-born, 19th-century historian Hugh Blair Grigsby. Kiracofe holds a bachelor’s from The College of William and Mary and a master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut.  He lives in his family home in Norfolk with his family.
Doug Thiele Doug Thiele, Norfolk resident, is a poet and lyricist teaching English at TCC’s Chesapeake Campus. His musical works include such disparate examples as music for the dedication of the Chagall Windows in Jerusalem, performances by the Westminster Boy's Choir and popular songs recorded by Dolly Parton and others. His poems and short stories have been internationally published. He lives in Norfolk with his family.
  Tom Williams, Virginia Beach resident, earned his master's in fine arts from Old Dominion University, and his poems have appeared in Stray Dog, Hayden's Ferry Review, Poetry Southeast, Rock and Sling, and other journals. He is also a Pushcart Prize nominee in 2005 and the author of three chapbooks.
John Williamson John Williamson, Virginia Beach resident and Boston native, holds a bachelor’s in English literature from Saint Andrews Presbyterian College and a master’s in English from Virginia Commonwealth University. He teaches humanities and English at the Portsmouth Campus, and has had two volumes of poetry published by Saint Andrews Press: Coconut Tears (1976) and Night (2006). As a graduate student at VCU, he self-published two other volumes of poetry: Modern Love (1978) and Youth (1979).