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Smith College Department of English liaisons are junior or senior English majors who, as their title implies, act to connect undergraduates with faculty in the department. They meet occasionally with the chair to report on student issues or concerns, and they organize social events—parties, film screenings and informal discussions with individual faculty members. English majors and prospective majors are invited to talk to the liaisons.

2014-2015 Liaisons


Mary Jordan Hill '15

Mary Jordan HillJordan is an English major with a Spanish minor. She is particularly interested in the literature of South America, specifically Luis Borges and Gabriel Marquez. Another interest of hers is contemporary American and British literature. She focuses on short fiction such as the stories of Flannery O'Connor and Muriel Spark. She also writes short fiction and tries to take many creative writing classes, including working on pieces for her Creative Writing Workshop special studies. Other authors she appreciates are Truman Capote, Herman Hesse, and she has a particular fondness for Jeanette Winterson. She lives in Hopkins one of the two co-ops on campus and loves making granola, inhaling coffee, and if she's not in class you'll find her at the kitchen table.

Please send her an email at mhill@smith.edu if you have questions about studying abroad, crafting special studies, professors, and classes.


Shalini Abayasekara '15

Shalini is an English major and Psychology minor. She loves reading Agatha Christie’s detective novels and has enjoyed watching some of the movie versions of them too. She also likes C. S. Lewis’ fiction, especially the Chronicles of Narnia, and the novels of Jane Austen, and has an interest in Abnormal Psychology. She occasionally writes poetry and short stories and is hoping to do more of that after graduating. Ballet is one of the things she’s always longed to try out and she’s excited she’s finally getting to take a class this semester! She also loves swimming, singing, and spending time with family and friends.

She’s happy to talk to anyone who has questions about classes, professors and/or approaching an Honors project. You can contact her at sabayasekara@smith.edu. In particular, she’s available to talk to transfer students as she transferred to Smith as a junior last fall.


Josephpina Lee '15

Josey is a senior Mellon Mays fellow, majoring in English with a minor in East Asian studies and a concentration in Poetry. Her research interests include Asian American poetry, Black poetry, diasporic literatures, and post-structuralism. She completed an independent study with Joan Larkin last year, culminating in a collection of poems entitled "Banana Girl Love Songs." The most recent book she has read that's made her cry was Carson McCullers' The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Her current literary obsessions are Cathy Park and Bhanu Kapil, both of whom are Asian American poets writing gnarly, avant-garde work (highly recommend).

When she's not reading or writing, you can find Josey in her Friedman living room painting. You can also find her at jolee@smith.edu for questions about the honors thesis, Mellon Mays fellowship, what it means to be Asian American, or future dinner plans.


Ayesha Khan '16

Ayesha is a junior from Karachi, Pakistan majoring in English and Engineering. She enjoys reading post-colonial literature particularly the works of Chimamanda Adichie, Jhumpa Lahiri and Allama Iqbal. She also enjoys literature from the Victorian era, especially Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters and George Eliot. She loves swimming and baking and her idea of a perfect evening is sitting down with a good book and a steaming cup of chai. Other writers she appreciates are Elif Shafak, Khaled Hosseini, Mohsin Hamid, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. She is also an avid admirer of the poetry of Habib Jalib, Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Allama Iqbal.

Please send her an email at askhan@smith.edu if you have any questions about classes and the English major or just want to chat about South Asian literature.

Elizabeth McCormack '16

Elizabeth is an English major from Monmouth County, New Jersey. Two of her favorite books are The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James and Zadie Smith's On Beauty. Elizabeth enjoys short stories by Alice Munro and F. Scott Fitzgerald and is absolutely crazy about poetry. She served as a publishing intern at Copper Canyon, a non-profit poetry press, in the summer of 2014 and fell even more in love with the genre. Her favorite poets include Dean Young, Deborah Landau, Marie Howe, Plath, Keats, and dozens more.


Angela Acosta '17

Angela is a sophomore from Gainesville, Florida majoring in English and Spanish. She lives in Morris House and is a STRIDE student in the Poetry Center. She enjoys literature from a variety of time periods, especially contemporary science fiction and fantasy novels. She also writes poetry and loves to roller skate around campus and take bike rides on the nearby rail trails. Her favorite authors are Arthur C. Clarke and George Orwell and her favorite play is Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night." She also loves to combine her interests of Spanish and English literature.

Please send her an email at aacosta@smith.edu if you have any questions about classes, scheduling, and how Spanish literature classes complement those offered in the English department.


Darwin Pappas-Fernandes '17

Darwin is a sophomore from Connecticut who is majoring in English. Some of her favorite authors include Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and George Eliot, as well as the poets William Wordsworth and T.S. Eliot. She loves to spend her time reading novels and either hunting down poetry or trying to write her own. The last thing she read that made her really feel something was the poem "Not Waving but Drowning" by Stevie Smith. She also enjoys drinking strong coffee, baking, and petting cats (as long as they're friendly). She is hoping to break into the world of book-editing and publishing after graduating, but for the time being is simply trying to slow down and focus on the small joys and trials involved in existing as a young adult.

Please send her an email at dpappasfernandes@smith.edu if you'd like to talk about the English Major, classes and professors— or just about anything really!