Books that Cook
Professor of English Jennifer Cognard-Black's new book, Books that Cook: The Making of a Literary Meal, is being published by NYU Press this August.

Program Information

Ben Click, Chair
Professor of English

Office staff: 240-895-4225

Alumni—where are they now?

Monica Powell

Monica Powell (class of 2011) graduated with an English major and a WGSX minor. She currently lives in Washington DC, where she works in theatre education with the Young Playwright's Theatre and the Shakespeare Theatre Company.


Student Spotlight

Maria Smaldone

Maria Smalldone finds doors opening for her in Oxford, while studying at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

On Campus Resources for SMCM Creative Writers

St. Mary’s College of Maryland, with its array of clubs and organizations, provides a niche for everyone, and creative writing is no exception. There are opportunities for creative writers to be heard, read, receive feedback, and find others with the same interests. Below is a list of several possibilities with information on how to become involved. Please also visit us on Facebook at Creative Writing Resources at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.


As the student-run literary magazine at St. Mary's College, AVATAR is dedicated to publishing the highest quality art and creative writing that the college community puts forth. Every week throughout the academic year, submissions are reviewed anonymously for unbiased consideration and discussed by those who choose to come and participate in the open review board meetings. The fall and spring editions are a culmination of months of this process, and a small representation of the excellent art and writing this college has produced. Primarily showcasing student work, past editions have also highlighted some of the creative work of faculty and staff as well. The Avatar is truly a communal effort; without the support of the writing and art communities on campus the magazine could not exist. The editors and staff invite the submission of original stories, poems, essays, and artwork from any member of the College community. Those submitted into the magazine can read or present their works at a reading at the end of each semester, well attended by the college community. To submit work, or for further information, please contact the editors at Attend the Club Fair in the beginning of each semester, check your email, or contact the editors at their email or Facebook (Avatar) page to join the review board of Avatar. Each piece submitted is reviewed by the board weekly, and thus creative writers have the opportunity to anonymously hear critique on their works if they attend this informal sessions. Becoming a member of the review board also allows you to give advice to other aspiring authors as well as become acquainted with other creative writers on campus.  Contact Emma Reisinger/Aryel Rigano.


SlackWater is a journal published by the St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The journal is a collaborative work of professors, Southern Maryland residents, local experts, and students on various topics each year. Published annually since 1998, SlackWater is a journal of Southern Maryland oral history. Previous issues have explored St. George Island, Cedar Point, tobacco farming, and the Maryland oyster wars. Founded by former Professor of English Andrea Hammer, SlackWater is currently run by Adjunct Associate Professor of Anthropology Julia King. Supported by the SlackWater Center, a research consortium funded in part by a grant from the Mellon Foundation, SlackWater is researched and written by students taking Anthropology 338 (formerly English 395: Cultural Journalism). SlackWater may be purchased at the St. Mary's Campus Store, and is also available at the College library.


Students gather to listen to live music performed by their peers. A new group performs each week, and information on the event is distributed through email. Occasionally, CoffeeHouse joins forces with the Spoken Word Club to involve student poets. CoffeeHouse meets every Thursday at 8pm on the Campus Patio or inside the Campus Center during the colder months. Contact Nick Hughes.


From "The Point News is the sole student-operated newspaper at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. It is published biweekly by a dedicated editorial staff of about 12 undergraduates. With each issue, we strive to focus on on-campus topics that we believe the campus community is interested in and will respond to. As a staff, we strive to adhere to strict journalistic ethics and we believe strongly that a campus’ newspaper should be free from institutional interference. All content that appears on this website is researched, written, edited and published by students; this is a fact that we pride ourselves on. In recognition of the staff’s hard work, The Point News has earned “First Place with Special Merit” honors from the American Scholastic Press Association." Contact Editor-in-Chief Amanda Zelaya or Faculty Advisor Brian O'Sullivan.


The purpose of this club is to create a community for students at St. Mary’s interested in creative writing that will aid them in improving their writing. This will be accomplished by both face-to-face and anonymous peer reviews, as well as writing exercises and contests, book presentations, and voluntary participation in National Novel Writing Month. Contact Lydia Martin or Katie Grein.


Student poets meet to read their poetry aloud.  Contact Charles Sutherland.


At the writing center, students discuss their writing with trained tutors. Tutors are available to help with any type of paper, including creative writing assignments, although some tutors may be more comfortable reviewing creative writing than others. Visit their website at to schedule an appointment and learn more.