English and Reading

We all write our own histories.

Prof. Howard Reading at Kensington Row Bookshop

Poets Joanna Howard and Jean Nordhaus will be reading their work at Kensington Row Bookshop, 7p.m. Oct. 25.

Joanna Howard, a poet and Montgomery College professor, coordinates Splendid Wake, a volunteer-based group working with George Washington University to archive the history of poetry in the DC Metro area from about 1900 on. Her work appears in a variety of magazines, and she was a 2016 finalist in Arlington’s Moving Words contest for Poetry on Buses.

Jean Nordhaus’ six books of poetry include Innocence (Wheeler Prize, Ohio State Univ. Press 2006), The Porcelain Apes of Moses Mendelssohn, and My Life in Hiding (Quarterly Review of Literature vol. 30). Her work appears in American Poetry Review, Poetry, Best American Poetry; and her new book, Memos from the Broken World. She is the review editor of Poet Lore.

  • Kensington Row Bookshop
  • 3786 Howard Ave.
  • Kensington, MD 20895
  • 301 949 9416
  • Come early to browse & chat.
  • Wednesday, 25 Oct. 2017, at 7:00 pm
  • Free & open to all with an open reading to follow.



Great long-read in the Guardian, an interview with George Saunders (author of the new book Lincoln in the Bardo).

Students: Summer ENGL-101 Online (DL) Orientation Announced

STUDENTS: ENGL-101, Distance Learning Orientations for Summer 2017:

  • Monday, June 57-8 p.m. (HU313 Rockville)
  • Saturday, June 1011-12 p.m. (PK177 Germantown)
  • Monday, June 197-8 pm (ST328 Takoma Park)

Questions? Contact Prof.

Women in Lit: Fine Reading, Fulfills Requirements

Germantown, ENGL208, Summer 2

Have fun exploring the work of famous writers such as Mary Shelley, Sojourner Truth, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Emily Dickinson, Maya Angelou, Virginia Woolf, Gwendolyn Brooks, Alice Walker, and Amy Tan. This is a great opportunity to read wonderful literature and satisfy a General Education and graduation requirement at the same time!

  • ENGL 208: Women in Literature
  • 3 credit hours
  • 5-week course, July 10- August 10, 2017
  • Monday – Thursday 10:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.
  • Germantown campus, PK180
  • Fulfills General Education Humanities Distribution requirement and the Global and Cultural Perspectives requirement for graduation

Questions? Contact professor

Don’t lose your momentum: Register for 101 in Summer 1!

Why should you register for summer English?

1) Since you’re taking fewer classes, you can focus on your writing without splitting your focus.  2) The instructor has more time since she has fewer classes too.  3) You won’t forget what you learned over the summer, 4) so the fall English class won’t feel like starting over.  5) The lessons and assignments are condensed for the shorter session.  6) You can improve daily.

Don’t lose your momentum.  Register for an English summer course today.  Summer I begins May 30th.

Save yourself the stress:

  • NO balancing your work and class schedule
  • NO fighting traffic multiple times a week
  • NO rushing through class lectures and assignments

Questions? Contact professor

  • ENGL-101, CRN 43563
  • Intro. to College Writing
  • Summer 1
  • Takoma Park/Silver Spring campus
  • Saturdays, 9-12:45

Find Your Way Through English Grammar

English grammar can feel as complex as a maze, but with the right guide, it doesn’t have to feel that way.

Prof. Thurston breaks the sentence down into understandable pieces so that students can see how the parts create a whole–it’s a bit like seeing a maze from above. Students learn how the sentence is put together and therefore where the punctuation goes and why some words can go in different locations with the sentence. It all becomes clear!

Questions? Contact Prof.

  • ENGL-110, Summer 1.
  • MTWR, 10:30-12:40 for five weeks
  • CRN: 40313
  • Rockville campus, SB212



July 6 to July 24, 2017.

Offered by the Global Humanities Institute at Montgomery College, in partnership with MC’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education.

Through a series of site visits to think tanks, governmental agencies and NGOs in Washington DC, participants in this course will explore ways to apply global studies beyond the classroom. Site visits, guest lectures, as well as active classroom learning and reflective assignments, students will research and learn about potential career pathways accessible from a variety of degree programs. Sites will include The US Peace Corps, The World Affairs Council, The Pulitzer Center, the Smithsonian Institution, and others. As part of this course, students will create or revise their resumes, and crate e-portfolios reflecting their new knowledge and plans, Reading material will be provided. Scholarships are available to Montgomery College students taking this course.

Cost for this course is approximately $550. This is not a credit-bearing course but credit may be assigned by other colleges, as appropriate.

For details, please contact Dr. Rita Kranidis, Director of the Global Humanties Institute [] or check our website.

Intro. to Global Humanities

Sections on all three campuses in fall 2017!

This interdisciplinary course focuses on contemporary issues about fairness, equality, and community around the world from the perspective of the humanities: history, language and literature, art, music, linguistics, popular culture, philosophy, religion, archaeology. The course features films, events, independent research, and guest speakers on global issues viewed from perspectives that promote cultural awareness and understanding.

Student scholarships are available to Montgomery college students taking GHUM101. For details, contact Dr Rita Kranidis, Direct, Global Humanities Institute [] or visit our website.

Intro. to Global Humanities

This interdisciplinary course focuses on contemporary issues about fairness, equality, and community around the world from the perspective of the humanities: history, language and literature, art, music, linguistics, popular culture, philosophy, religion, archaeology. The course features films, events, independent research, and guest speakers on global issues viewed from perspectives that promote cultural awareness and understanding. Scholarships are available to students enrolled in GHUM101.

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Shweta Sen

I won’t try to convince you of the usefulness of literature because its beauty lies in its non-usefulness.  What can you possibly gain from studying the haughtiness of Achilles or the blind stupidity of Oedipus?  What good can come of learning about the promiscuity of Chaucer’s Wife of Bath?  How can the melancholy wistfulness of the ‘Tale of Genji’ be of any use to you?  You can only derive an intense introspective pleasure from reading these works and be struck by the parallels between the worlds of antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance and our modern day existence.  That is all.  If that interests you, please consider signing up for my English 201: World Literature I offered on Rockville campus in Fall 2017.

As for me, what more can I say other than the fact that I am an English professor.  Stacks of essays, cups of coffee, tons of green pens—you get the picture.  Literature is my release, my passion.  My specialization is in British Literature, and my research interests include studies in culture and identity, globalization, and interdisciplinary studies

Prof. Sen teaches:

  • World Literature I, ENGL-201, Fall 2017, CRN 20692
  • Rockville campus

You can reach her:

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Click here for a full listing of all literature courses at MC.


WILLPOWER April 12-20!

MC’s annual WILLPOWER Festival kicked off on April 12 with lectures and performances. It continues through April 20 on all three campuses. Workshops and lectures are free; performances of Twelth Night are $8 for students, $10 for non-students.

For more information concerning WILLPOWER! please visit or call 240.567.4001.

For persons requiring special accommodations please visit or call 240.567.4001


FT: Collegewide Coordinator Opportunity

Statement of Interest due to Rodney Redmond by COB May 1


As you may recall, a group of English and Reading  faculty members have been working diligently over the last two academic years to re-design our developmental English and Reading courses. The Developmental English And Reading (DEAR) workgroup has done an outstanding job of creating a new developmental curriculum. This new curriculum incorporates many of the best practices in developmental education, student success and the teaching of English and Reading.  The new Integrated Reading and Writing (IERW) courses will be offered for the first time this fall.  The first round of training is underway for the faculty teaching the new IERW courses. There will be ongoing training opportunities for faculty wishing to teach the new courses, each academic year.

With the redesign of the courses comes opportunities for leadership in the discipline. All full-time English and Reading faculty who are interested in serving as the Collegewide Coordinator of IERW should submit a statement of interest to me by COB on May 1. The statement of interest should be no more than one page and indicate your vision for keeping the developmental English and Reading curriculum progressively moving. Continue reading “FT: Collegewide Coordinator Opportunity”

Students: Study Abroad Scholarships Available

2017-2018 Study Abroad Scholarships Application submission due date: Friday, May 25, 2017

The scholarships are applicable for long-term or short-term study abroad (London is the next program through MC).

For more information contact:

David Lemmond

In the Short Story class, we will read – guess what? – short stories. We will read, think about, and talk about interesting stories by Baldwin, Capote, Hemingway, Tan, O’Brien, Walker, Jackson, and others. This course is particularly useful for students in all majors because the focus is on interpretive reading and analysis, two skills used in every major and in most every profession. If you wish to do better in your major field – be it nursing, engineering, or history – this is a fine course to take.

Lemmond has been doing this for a long time. Probably the main thing, maybe the only thing, a prospective student needs to know about Lemmond is that he really, really enjoys teaching this course, but he won’t provide a picture of himself because he doesn’t wish to scare anyone away from taking the course.

Prof. Lemmond is teaching:

  • The Short Story, ENGL233, CRN 20600
  • It’s a late-starting class

You can find him:

Prof. Howard Published

Prof. Joanna Howard (ENGL, Rockville campus) has had a couple poems published:

Rooted, on the Mike Maggio poetry website.

Madness Upgrade: 2017, on the PoetsandArtists website.

Congratulations, Joanna!

Howard is the coordinator for A Splendid Wake (a DC-based conservation group for the history of poetry) and a finalist in Arlington County’s Moving Words Competition 2016.

Prof. Miriam Hamilton Published

Prof. Miriam Hamilton (ENGL, Rockville campus) has her story “Manosphere” published on the website

Hamilton holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Yale University and an M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins and writes stories about women engineers.

Congratulations on your first short story publication, Miriam!

Emily Rosado

I am an optimist, lover of animals, and believer in the power of kindness. Current reading obsessions: Stories of explorers Lewis and Clark and the courage of Martin Luther.

Why should you take Introduction to Literature? To read the innermost thoughts of others allows us a window into our own fears, hopes, desires, and dreams. Journey with me through stories of bravery, heartache, loneliness, and conflict. To study literature is to study human nature and learn more about ourselves.

Prof. Rosado teaches:

  • Intro. to Literature, ENGL 190, CRN 20320
  • Distance Learning, late start

You can reach her:

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