Posted by: ccclib | October 21, 2010

Former Calhoun Student on PBS

Poet and author Matthew Nolan graduated from Calhoun Community College in 2000 and says that his very first poetry reading was one sponsored by Brewer Library.  Naturally, we are eager to see his appearance on an upcoming episode of Roadtrip Nation.

Official release:



Nationwide series spotlights how the author defined his own road in life.

The life, dreams, and writing career of Matthew Nolan are explored.

(New Orleans, LA)- Matthew Nolan, author of Crumpled Paper Dolls: A New Orleans Poet and Exhuming Juliet: A New Orleans Poet, is featured on the Seventh Season of the nationwide PBS television documentary series Roadtrip Nation. Also featured in Nolan’s episode are actor Malcolm McDowell, star of Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange and Glenna Goodacre, a renowned sculptor.


Roadtrip Nation is a youth-based movement with the goal to encourage students to define their own road in life. In addition to the series, has developed an interactive and project-based curriculum for middle school, high school, and college students to facilitate self-discovery and give students direction in exploring different passions in their lives.

Episode Seven chronicles Nolan’s journey as a top college student, with all the potential to start a conventional career path, but instead pursuing the road less traveled. In 2003, Nolan moved to New Orleans to live the life of a bohemian artist. He struggled to survive in order to achieve his dream of writing his first book. Members of the Roadtrip Nation team traveled to New Orleans to spend the afternoon with Nolan and to hear his inspirational story. The visit had a significant impact on one team member, Autumn, a recent college graduate, who wants to be a writer.

Nolan wrote his first book Crumpled Paper Dolls: A New Orleans Poet, a book of poetry, prose, and journals. With perseverance, Nolan achieved his dream when he printed up one hundred books to sell out of his bicycle basket in the French Quarter. Soon thereafter, Nolan got an unexpected break from a major bookstore chain, placing his first book between Pablo Neruda and Sylvia Plath on bookstore shelves across the country. His second book, Exhuming Juliet: A New Orleans Poet, a book of poetry, love letters, and journals, is Nolan’s latest contribution to the literary world.

Episodes of Roadtrip Nation air weekly on PBS. Nolan’s episode (Episode Seven) will begin airing in a couple weeks and will rerun thereafter. Airdates and times vary across the country. To find airtimes, check your local PBS listings at

Nolan’s episode will be available to view online on October 31, 2010 at


Learn more about Matthew Nolan at


Currently, Roadtrip Nation airs on Alabama Public Television on Thursdays at 9:00 p.m.



  1. We are so grateful that Leaders like Matthew are able to share their story with our Roadtrippers. Their life experiences will help many Define Their Own Roads in Life.

    -Roadtrip Nation

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