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.


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 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 352 (formerly English 395: Cultural Journalism). SlackWater may be purchased at the St. Mary's Campus Store, and is also available at the College library.


As the student-run literary magazine at St. Mary's College, The 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.

To submit work, or for further information, please contact the editors at