November 29, 2011


NACC Alumnus Visits Creative Writing Class

Alumnus Matthew Hubbard will be returning to campus to visit Northeast Alabama Community College’s Creative Writing class this Thursday, December 1. Hubbard will talk to the Creative Writing class about his creative process and how to become a published author.

While attending Northeast, Hubbard served as a member of Mu Alpha Theta and Phi Theta Kappa and was President of the Student Government Association and Secretary of Sigma Kappa Delta. He was a member of the USA All-Academic Team, and winner of the 2008 President’s Cup. He graduated from NACC in 2008, going on to receive his BA in Business from Jacksonville State University.

Although he was not an English major, Hubbard says he’s always had a love of literature: “In retrospect, I've always known I loved literature. There's just something magical about words. With them, thoughts are birthed into existence, and I find that fascinating. I didn't pursue writing; it pursued me. Writing has given me a voice and a way to find my sense of self, and for that I will be eternally grateful.”

Joan Reeves, Hubbard’s Southern Literature instructor, found Hubbard’s love for the written word obvious. “Matthew was one of those students who not only read what was required but was always reading the other selections in the text, which made it obvious to me that he was a lover of the written word, and therefore, a born writer,” she said.

His first book, I Am, is a young adult novel about a man who moves back to a small Alabama town after college and tries to discover who he is, replaying memories of growing up over and over in his head. He has already begun working on the sequel, which will be titled I Will Be.

Sigma Kappa Delta will host a reception for Hubbard from 4:00 to 4:30 in the lobby of the English Building with the event taking place in ENG 117 at 4:30. It is open to all NACC students and the public.

Hubbard’s next speaking event will take place on Tuesday, December 6, when he will address the Publications and Literature Studies classes at the Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts.

For more information about this event, contact Joan Tucker at college ext.*2252, or by email at

Novelist and alumnus Matthew Hubbard