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.
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. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Julia Greider '16
Julia is a senior from Blacksburg, Virginia double majoring in English and the Study of Women and Gender and completing the Archives Concentration. She particularly enjoys reading Victorian and Modernist literature, and her favorite authors include Sarah Waters, Tamora Pierce, E.M. Forster, Truman Capote, Thomas Hardy, T.S. Eliot, and Sylvia Plath. She loves finding ways to combine gender studies and history with literary analysis. She interned at the American Library in Paris during the summer of 2015 and currently works in the Jacobson Center as a Peer Writing Tutor. Julia also rides on the equestrian team and plays quidditch. She would be more than happy to receive any questions or thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to talk about the English Major, classes and professors— or just about anything really!
Brittany Collins '18
Brittany is a double major in English and Education from Westhampton, Massacusetts. She attended the Smith College Campus School for three years and loves going to college on the same campus she explored as a child. Her favorite authors include Cormac McCarthy, Sandra Cisneros, and Collum McCann. She enjoys the study of memoir/creative nonfiction, and appreciates the works of Natalie Goldberg. Her favorite poets are Maya Angelou, Billy Collins, Sarah Kay, Emily Dickinson, and Mary Oliver, and she relishes in the satirical work of David Sedaris. Brittany enjoys hiking, powerlifting, dancing, and yoga. In her free time, she can be found exploring local book stores and cafes, reading for pleasure, or laughing at New Yorker cartoons (let’s be honest, it’s the only part of the magazine that she is able to read during her busy college schedule).
Brittany is the English department Facebook Coordinator (shameless plug to “like” our page!). She would love to speak with students about the department’s digital presence. Please contact her at email@example.com with thoughts or questions about the Facebook page, English Major, English Teacher Licensure, or for book recommendations. She loves meeting new people!
Miche Hu '18
Miche is an English major from Queens, New York. Their favorite novels, revisited with obsessive frequency, are Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates and The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. Other favorite writers include Haruki Murakami and Junot Diaz. They especially love spoken word poetry and listen to Anis Mojgani anytime they want to avoid something. Thanks to an old floormate, they've also become obsessed with the films of Xavier Dolan. At Smith College, they participate in Spitfire, Labrys, and volunteer with the Smith College Museum of Art. Through the next semester they hope to widen their reading breadth and further their own writing practice. They spend their free time playing with puppies, biking, or cooking for Tenney House.
They can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.