English and Reading

We all write our own histories.


Marianne Szlyk

Prof. Marianne Szlyk’s poem “The Summer After the Bridge Closed,” published by Duane’s PoeTree blog. (The link is updated, sorry for the confusion.)

“Fat black crows strut down/
quiet streets, across matted grass.”


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)

Preserving the Blue Marble: Global Sustainability through Chemistry and Writing

Are you concerned about the future of our earth? A special MC “Learning Community” is taking it on!

Preserving the Blue Marble: Global Sustainability through Chemistry and Writing unites ENGL 103 and CHEM 109 with a single curriculum focused around the concept of sustainability or the wise use of our resources so that Earth remains livable beyond the present.

Through this Learning Community, you will learn not only about the challenges of living sustainably but also the ways that we can make a difference both individually and together.

To join this Learning Community, please sign up for:

  • ENGL 103 (31213) and CHEM 109 (32260).
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • 11 am to 1:45 pm.

For more information, please write Prof. Benson at or Prof. Szlyk at

Sample Some Literature this Fall

Sign up for ENGL 190 Intro. to Literature.

  •  Fall 2016, CRN 20774
  • Wednesday Night 6:30 to 9:10 pm
  • Late Starting Class: Begins Sept. 14

It’s a general elective… Humanities distribution

Explore plays like Fences and A Doll’s House, graphic fiction, short stories like “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”, flash fiction, and poems!

Explore topics like gender equality, the relationship between parents and children, African-American experience in the United States, Latino/a experience in the United States, immigration, self-actualization, and the battle between free verse and form in poetry.

For more information, email Dr. Szlyk at

Creative Writing @Rockville: Spring 2016

ENGL 272: Introduction to the Creative Writing of Poetry

  • CRN31407 3cr W 2:00 pm – 4:40 pm 01/27/16 – 05/15/16 Joanna M. Howard
  • CRN30395 3cr DL WEB 01/25/16 – 05/15/16 Marianne Szlyk

ENGL 264: Introduction to the Creative Writing of Fiction

  • 31400 3cr W 6:30 pm – 9:10 pm 01/27/16 – 05/15/16 Julie A. Wakeman-Linn
  • 31401 3cr TR 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm 01/26/16 – 05/15/16 Joanna M. Howard
  • 31402 3cr MWF 10:00 am – 10:50 am 01/25/16 – 05/15/16 Jarvis J. Slacks

ENGL 265: Advanced Fiction

  • 31403 3cr T 6:30 pm – 9:10 pm 01/26/16 – 05/15/16 Julie A. Wakeman-Linn

Special Honors Offerings (talk to Prof. Julie Wakeman-Linn):

  • HONR251: Writing The Novel : Contact Professor Wakeman-Linn if interested (

HONR275Potomac Review (Literary Journal) Internship:

  • 33972 3cr  01/26/16 – 05/15/16 Joanna M. Howard

Poets and Newbies Alike, Take “Intro. to Poetry”

Resolve to be creative (and fulfill your ARTS requirement) in Spring 2016

Steve Kowit "In the Palm of Your Hand."
Steve Kowit “In the Palm of Your Hand.”

Sign up now for ENGL 272DL

Introduction to Creative Writing, Poetry online

CRN: 30395

Everyone is welcome–new and experienced poets alike!

For more information, please contact

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