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Prof. Niamatali published in anthology

World of Poetry Niamatali

Professor Stanley Niamatali (ENGL-R) has had his poems “The Deportee” and “The Convert’s Defence” included in the anthology A World of Poetry (3rd edition, 2017).


It’s available as a paperback at online retailers and in e-book format.



“Lives of the Apostles” published by Prof. Collins.

Lives of the Apostles Clif CollinsProfessor Clif Collins (ENGL-R) has published a book of poetry, “Lives of the Apostles.” It’s available as a paperback at online retailers and in e-book format.


…and he said how if he could

just find the right woman

he’d burn everything

he owned and start over,

then laughed and freed

the smoke on that kudzu trestle–

said that’s what he’d been doing

most of his life anyway,

minus the right woman.

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.”

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

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).

Free Stuff @ENGL-READ Open House

Mobile pockets will be free.
Free “mobile pockets,” lanyards, styluses and other free stuff at the English-Reading Department Open House, Monday Nov. 14, 2 to 4 p.m. Science Center rooms 151 and 152.

Come to the English and Reading Department Open House on Monday 14 November, from 2 – 4 in SC 151 and 152 on the Rockville campus.

The event is a chance for students to see what will be offered next semester, get help with their schedules, decide on General Education information and otherwise get into the swing for spring!

We’ll have games (oh yes we will!), giveaways, advisors to help you make decisions, and laptops ready for your registration! It’s a one-stop shopping extravaganza!

By all means, pop on by.  It will be more fun than you imagine.

Online: Modern Poetry Fall 2016

Study Modern Poetry:

  • Fall 2016
  • English 231, Introduction to Modern Poetry
  • CRN20369
  • 3 Credits
  • Offered entirely Online
  • Begins on 29 August
  • Contact: Dr.

ENGL231 satisfies your General Education Humanities Distribution as well as your Cultural Perspectives graduation requirements.

Introduction to Modern Poetry provides you with a survey of the broad genre of poetic works from the mid-19th century to the present. We will study poets, their poetry, and their essays on poetics, all in their literary, historical, socio-political contexts.

Though the course is online, you will benefit from audio and video links designed to enrich your reading experience. The intensive and delightful study of poetry has proven to heighten one’s critical thinking skill and to deepen one’s global perspective.

The online format provides you with a convenient platform with which to engage in rewarding study at your own pace, yet the assignments are rigorous and fulfilling, preparing you for further engagement in upper-division literature and writing courses at university.

Register now for ENGL231 with Dr. Dickison, who created this online version of the course. Space is still available.

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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“Las Mujeres: Three Generations of Latin American Women Write and Paint for Social Justice”

“Las Mujeres: Three Generations of Latin American Women Write and Paint for Social Justice”

Thursday, March 31, 6:30 — 8:30 PM, Theatre Arts Arena (Rockville)

Alicia Partnoy will read and discuss her work, especially on her experiences as an Argentine “Disappeared,” a timely discussion now with the 40th anniversary of the military coup there and President Obama’s visit to Argentina this week.  Alicia will be joined by her poet/painter mother, Raquel Partnoy, and her poet/author daughter, Ruth Irupe Sanabria.

A book sale and signing will follow the reading.  Continue reading ““Las Mujeres: Three Generations of Latin American Women Write and Paint for Social Justice””

Poetry Master Class with Alicia Partnoy, March 30

“Translating Solidarity: A Workshop on Witness Poetry Translation”

Wednesday, March 30, 2:00 to 4:30 PM, Science Center, Room 152 (Rockville)

This a master class  with poet Alicia Partnoy, primarily for students. Seating is limited, so those interested must register with me by email at Those who can only stay for part of the workshop are also welcome.

Students will  do some hands-on translation work (for those students who do not speak any other language, editing translations will work). Ms. Partnoy’s project involves the poetry of a mother from Ciudad Juarez who started to write after the disappearance of her daughter. First, Ms. Partnoy will read and reflect on her work as a translator, and then students will work on translation projects in groups.

The Splendid Wake, a DC-based poetry project “that documents poets and poetry from 1900 to current day” welcomed Montgomery College professor Joanna Howard (Rockville) back to their group.

We were very lucky that Joanna Howard was able to return to her leadership role.

Montgomery College Faculty and StaffProf. Joanna Howard (English, Rockville campus) is one of six poets whose work will be featured by the Moving Words Poetry Contest in Arlington, Virginia.

Her poem, “untitled,” will be featured in an ART bus for three months this year.

Along with the five other winning poets, she will be reading her work on April 10 at  4pm at the  IOTA Club and Café, 2832 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201.

The 2016 MOVING WORDS Competition was juried by Francisco Aragón, poet, editor, and literary curator, and offers area poets the chance to have their work publicly displayed on Arlington Transit (ART) buses, where it will be seen by thousands of riders over a three month period.

Bethesda Literary Festival Call for Stories, Poems, Essays!

Bethesda Urban Partnership
Bethesda Urban Partnership

The 16th annual Bethesda Literary Festival in April will host an array of local and national authors, journalists and poets, as well as writing contests and poetry contests. Contest entries are due soon.

The literary prizes for short stories and essays: Jan. 22!

Poets have a bit more time, Feb. 12.

Check the links for more information about this. Presented by the Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda magazine.

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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