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Date: February 14, 2006
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Montgomery College to Host Fiction and Poetry Readings by Authors
“Books and Ideas” Series Features Vincent Tolliver, Marilyn Kallet

Montgomery College invites the community to meet authors at this spring’s “Books and Ideas” reading series.  Novelist Vincent Tolliver will read from one of his fiction works on Wednesday, March 8, at 7 p.m., on the Rockville Campus.  It will be held in the faculty/staff dining room, located in the Campus Center, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville.  Poet Marilyn Kallet’s reading will take place on Wednesday, April 19, at 7 p.m., on the Germantown Campus, Room 216, High Technology and Science Center, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown.  Both readings are free of charge.

Novelist, poet and playwright Vincent Tolliver is the author of the novel “Baptized,” “Childhood Eyes” (a collection of poems), and the play “James Baldwin: Striking a Match to America.”  His new novel, “A Hot Mess” and the Hip-Hop anthology “Urban Renaissance: The New Face of Harlem,” co-edited with Clarence Nero, are due out in 2006 and 2007, respectively.  Mr. Tolliver’s memoir “Shame the Devil,” scheduled for publication in 2008, will include "tell-all chapters on Hillary Rodham Clinton, Vince Foster, William Jefferson Clinton, and the Rose Law Firm," where he worked from 1992 to 1994.

A native of Lake Village, Arkansas, Tolliver currently lives in Atlanta.  He is a supporter of Reading is Fundamental and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, and is a member of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature and the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

Marilyn Kallet is the author of 11 books, including "Circe, After Hours," poems from BkMk Press of University of Missouri/KC; and "The Art of College Teaching: 28 Takes," co-edited with April Morgan, University of Tennessee Press, both in 2005. Her poems have been published in hundreds of literary journals and she has received the Tennessee Arts Commission Literary Fellowship in Poetry.  In 2005, she was inducted into the East Tennessee Literary Hall of Fame in poetry.

Marilyn Kallet received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University, and she attended the Sorbonne. From 1986-2004, she directed the creative writing program at the University of Tennessee, where she now holds the Hodges Chair for Distinguished Teaching.

“Books and Ideas” is funded in part by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and sponsored by the Paul Peck Humanities Institute at Montgomery College.  For more information, please call 301-251-7417.  For disability-related accommodations, please contact  Larry Moffi at

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md.  The College serves more than 55,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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