Department of English

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    VOICES Reading Series

    The series brings a variety of accomplished poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers to campus to interact with students and faculty. All readings are free and open to the public

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    The Twain Lecture Series

    The Twain Lecture Series features an annual lecture in the spring and additional smaller events that usually take place in the fall.

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    Chesapeake Writer's Conference

    Each summer St. Mary's invites applicants to spend a week by the river learning about their craft.

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    Books that Cook

    Jennifer Cognard-Black’s Books that Cook anthology is a collection of American literature written on the theme of food.

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    Internship Opportunities

    Check out the internships opportunities available to English students.

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Literature is a treasury of our cultural heritage and an expressive human creation embodying both beauty and knowledge.

Close examination of literature and the practice of creative writing improves our thought process and our use of language. It enhances our understanding of the past and present and provides insight into our interior lives. As the New York Times bestselling author John Green has said, “Reading is always an act of empathy.”

The St. Mary’s English Department believes that a student benefits most from the integration of literature and creative writing. Thus, as English majors, students will read a broad historical and cultural range of literatures and develop a variety of writing skills.