English and Reading

We all write our own histories.

Spring’18: The U.S. through Literature

Read, discuss, and consider great American authors from 1865 through the present. Through literature, we’ll consider what kind of country America was, is, and should be.

Take ENGL 212:

  • American Literature II
  • CRN: 31086
  • Fulfills HUMD requirement
  • TR, 3:30-4:45
  • Spring 2018
  • Rockville Campus
  • Questions? Contact Prof. Rebecca Eggenschwiler

Spring’18: Women in Literature

“When I say storytelling, I don’t just mean sitting down and telling a once-upon-a-time kind of story. I mean a whole way of seeing yourself, the people around you, your life, the place of life in the bigger context, not just in terms of nature and location, but in terms of what has gone on before and what’s happened to other people.” – Leslie Marmon Silko, Laguna Pueblo

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Spring’18: American Lit & Nature

ENGL 241: American Literature of Nature and the Environment

Throughout the semester, we will explore important questions: How has our connection with nature changed over time, and how have such changes affected us culturally, spiritually, ethically, and nationally? Can we still maintain our connection with nature in a technologically saturated society?


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Spring’18: Introduction to Literature

Sample some literature this spring. Explore a play by August Wilson; poetry by Gwendolyn Brooks, Sherman Alexie, Li Young Lee, and others; short stories by Ha Jin, Edgar Allan Poe, Joyce Carol Oates, and others; and flash fiction.

Watch an amazing movie. You may even attend a poetry reading!

Questions? Contact:

  • Prof. Marianne Szlyk

Spring’18: Preserve the “Blue Marble”

Preserving the Blue Marble: Environmental Sustainability Through Chemistry and Writing.

Sustainability involves not only how humanity lives in such a way that the resources used exceed those that are available, but also steps we can take to curb or reverse that trend. In this learning community, we will join CHEM 109 and ENGL 103 in order to learn more about local, national, and global sustainability and how to make it part of our daily lives and work.

By enrolling in this learning community, you will work more closely with professors and your fellow students, see the connections between chemistry and technical writing, go on intriguing field trips, and explore how you can make a difference in your own and others’ lives for years to come. You may just find your future career!

Join this learning community:

  • ENGL 103/CHEM 109
  • ENGL fulfills the English Composition requirement
  • T/Th 11-12:15 & 12:30-1:45
  • CRN: 31073
  • For a printable flyer, click here
  • Questions? Contact:
    • Prof. Szlyk at (ENGL103)
    • Prof. Benson at (CHEM 109)

Event: Handwriting the Constitution

All are welcome to participate on Friday Oct. 27, 9:30-11 a.m. as the college celebrates the U.S. Constitution by handwriting it verbatim.

We will have copies of the Constitution, pens, and paper to share! Everyone is welcome.

Room 205, South Campus Instructional Building (SB, the “Welcome Center Building”)

More info:

Click here for a flyer with more infoLink to a national #handwritingtheconstitution group for more info.

Professors: joanna.howard @; sara.ducey @

Prof. David Lott’s book of poetry New to Guayama got a very favorable review in the Washington Independent Review of Books.

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”

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.


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