Festival bridges college, community

Published 8:34 am Wednesday, April 27, 2011


SUFFOLK—Paul D. Camp Community College’s third annual Literary Festival, “It’s Raining Books!” drew more than 125 attendees Friday evening.

“It was a tremendous success,” said PDCCC Literary Club Sponsor Ronette Jacobs. “The event showcased national and internationally known authors and poets.”

The festival promoted reading and writing, and the works of Suffolk native Nathan Richardson, poet, author, literary consultant and founder of Spiritual Concepts Publishing; Synnika Lofton, poet, recording artist, producer and teacher; Hampton native Reginald O. Johns, author and motivational speaker; Suffolk native Phyllis Johnson, columnist, author and poet; and Suffolk native Annette Montgomery, assistant archivist at Norfolk State University, author and instructor.

College President Dr. Paul Wm. Conco and Dr. Harriette Arrington, dean of Academic Programs, led children’s storytelling.

The open-mic session allowed others to share poetry and stories.

The winners of the PDCCC student poetry contest presented their works during this time. Those recognized were Shannon Rink for “Imagine,” Brian Bass for “Eye on the Ball” and Jacqueline Robertson for “Ungrateful Children.”