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Sligo Literary Journal: Student Contest

Gift Certificates and Publication to the best student writers

The Sligo Journal, a literary publication featuring the work of poets and authors local to the Takoma Park/Silver Spring area, is sponsoring a poetry contest for any Montgomery College student.

The first place winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to the college bookstore, with the runner-up awarded a $50 gift certificate — and publication in The Sligo Journal for both!

Faculty, please tell your students;  click here to see the contest flyer.

Read on for the Contest Rules: Continue reading “Sligo Literary Journal: Student Contest”


Advocate Opens Creative Writing Page

The Montgomery Advocate, the Rockville campus’ student news site, has just opened Panorama, a creative writing page which hopes to post stories, poetry and even novellas on a weekly basis. The editors are asking faculty to share with your students. See the website for details.

Red Jacket Lit. Mag. Looking for Editor

Calling all Editors:

Students: if you have editing experience and are interested in working on the Red Jacket Literary Magazine staff, please send an email note to Dr. Dickison:, or call 240 567-4004.

Dr. Swift Dickison, Faculty Advisor to the Red Jacket.
Dr. Swift Dickison, Faculty Advisor to the Red Jacket.

Come by SB 104B on Mondays between 2 and 4 to discuss how you can serve as an editor for the Red Jacket, which will soon be accepting submissions of short fiction, poetry, art, and photography for our spring 2017 issue.


Destressing Before Finals: Crafting Found Poems

Creative Writing of Poetry students on the Rockville campus finished the semester crafting found poetry collages.

Using magazines, origami paper, calendars, pens, crayons and markers, the students developed poetry that looked as beautiful as it sounded.  Some student poets plan to use their work as their portfolio covers, others will be displaying them as works of art.

Regardless of the plan, a lot of laughter and fun went into the creation, fueled by cookies and lemonade.

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Red Jacket 2016 Publication Event

All are invited…

The Red Jacket

MC Rockville’s Student Literary Magazine

Publication Event, Wednesday May 4

Noon to 2:00

Campus Center 216


Creative Writers, faculty, staff, and people who love to read:

Come to the Red Jacket 2016 publication event. Enjoy the work of the student writers and editors who make this journal possible.

  • Free copies of the 2016 edition to all who come!
  • Light Refreshments will be provided.
  • Learn how you can submit your poetry, fiction, prose, art work, and photography for the 2017 spring edition of the magazine.
  • Questions? Email either of the Advisors:
  • Or email Editor-in-Chief

Student Humanities Conference FRIDAY

Please come out and support our great Montgomery College students as they share excellent work from their Humanities courses. Attached you can find the program for the event. I think you’ll see that the work our students do in these courses is incredibly rich and varied, as well as truly interdisciplinary. We hope folks from all departments will come out to hear these students and help them celebrate success.

Please feel free to bring your classes. I think this will be a fun and engaging opportunity for students to see how to approach academic thinking, writing, research, and presentation.

Everyone is welcome for all or just part of the time. We are so looking forward to seeing you there.

The conference runs 10 a.m. to 2p.m. See the attached flyer for a full agenda.


Students: Submit Your Best Work

The Humanities Advocacy Group and the Humanities Area disciplines of Montgomery College are excited to be hosting a Humanities Student Conference on Friday, April 8, 2016 in the TA Arena on Rockville’s campus. We’re looking for students to submit essays and projects related to any Humanities discipline. Essays can be up to seven pages and may be analytical, research-based, or reflective. This is a great opportunity for students to become part of the academic community, and the experience will enhance resumes or applications. We hope the conference will be a chance to demonstrate interest, engagement, and vitality around Humanities disciplines at the college. Original creative works and panel presentations will also be considered. Students’ work will be evaluated on the basis of the quality of research, of the written work, and of the creative piece, project, or poster.

To learn how to submit: Continue reading “Students: Submit Your Best Work”

100 Visitors Attend First Literature Poster Session

Literature Poster Session
Literature Poster Session

It was eleven-thirty in the morning, and Science Center 152 was already abuzz with the participants eagerly and excitedly talking about their projects and sharing their thoughts on their favorite works of literature with the faculty and students in attendance.

Some students were clustered around their posters chatting and relaxing, having found a space and occasion to be temporarily relieved of their study stress. This was the first Literature Poster Session hosted by the Department of Reading and English on November 17 in SC 152.

Over the course of the day, close to a hundred visitors attended the event. Thirty-three students had created colorful and thought-provoking poster presentations for display. Their topics ranged from Oedipus the King to Gilgamesh to Chinese poetry to Robinson Crusoe to Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things to Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Israel Alfaro won the poster session top prize for his English 201: World Lit I poster. Israel drew very clever connections between modern day memes and the Chinese ‘Classic of Poetry’ composed between 1000 and 600 B.C.E.

Continue reading “100 Visitors Attend First Literature Poster Session”

Red-Jacket-Literary-JournalStudents: DEADLINE THIS WEEK, Friday (Dec. 18) noon!

The Red Jacket—the student-run literary journal of the Rockville campus—needs your stories, poems, personal essays and artwork.

Free your creative spirit and submit!


To learn the RJ’s mission and history, click here.


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