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

Christine Wooley, 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.

The VOICES Reading Series

The VOICES Reading Series features poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers and is intended to bring accomplished writers to the campus to interact with students and faculty. Invited writers read their works throughout the semester on Thursday evenings at 8:15 P.M at Daugherty-Palmer Commons, and all readings are free and open to the public. Authors read for around 45 minutes and then respond during a brief question and answer period. Each reading is followed by a reception, where students and faculty can mingle with the author and other interested writers and readers. The author’s book(s) are also sold during the reception, and can be signed by the author.

Those authors invited to participate in the VOICES reading program are sometimes involved in the Artist House residency, staying for a period of several weeks on campus and oftentimes making class visits in addition to their reading and writing.

Ten to fifteen authors normally visit St. Mary’s College as a part of the reading series each year, and there are one to two readings each month.

Information on events are posted throughout campus, and emails are sent out near the date of the readings. In addition, all the events and information on the authors can be found at the Facebook page: Creative Writing Resources at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

A few luminaries the college celebrates are Mark Doty, Sharon Olds, Toni Morrison, and Lucille Clifton.

Click here for a list of this semester's visiting authors and the dates of their readings.