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BSC student/author James Agee, Jr. has published seven books


Bluefield — James Agee, Jr. didn’t develop an interest in writing until he entered high school.  Once he began writing, he hasn’t stopped.  A senior Education major at Bluefield State College, Agee has published seven books, and his love of writing is evident in his career path.

“The first time I wrote anything that I enjoyed was in a Creative Writing class I took at Montcalm High School,” he recalled.  “I’ve always had access to books, but it never occurred to me, until after I took that class, that I could write something that others would ever read.”

After high school graduation 2011, he enrolled at BSC.  “All of my professors have been great in terms of helping me grow academically,” he continued, “but Dr. Jan Czarnecki (Associate Professor of English) deserves a special thanks.  In her Children’s Literature class, one assignment was to write a children’s book.”

The book he wrote in Dr. Czarnecki’s class, “Octoshi,” is the most recently published of his seven books, all of which are available online at  “It is a children’s book about learning to love everything,” he said.

When he graduates from BSC this December, he will embark on a career in teaching.  “At Bluefield State College, I’ve learned the importance of setting goals and working toward those goals,” he explained.  “College is not always the easiest thing, but through going to college, I have been able to discover a new level of perseverance that I didn’t realize I had.”

In terms of longer range goals, Agee projected, “Eventually I would love to get my Master’s degree, then my Doctorate.  It would be wonderful if one day I could work for this College as a professor.  Right now, I am eager to begin teaching.”

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