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.
Tess Grogan '14
Tess is a senior who majors in English, minors in government, and works in film studies. She transferred to Smith in 2011 and so can't really answer any questions about First Year Seminars and the like, but welcomes any queries about other classes, professors, the major in general, transferring, Praxis, or Smith. Tess is a strong supporter of the Oxford comma, and occasionally enjoys referring to herself in the third person. She has lived off campus since her junior year and enjoys cooking, running, and rope-swings. She often works on her thesis (feminist YA fantasy beginning in the 1980s) on her porch. She is currently reading C.S. Lewis's That Hideous Strength and finds it problematic.
Tess would welcome your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. She seldom bites.
Olivia Woods '14
Olivia Woods is a senior English major with an Ancient Studies minor and a Book Studies Concentration. Her main interests remain firmly lodged in the Elizabethan and Romantic periods of English literature, with considerable attention also paid to the Classics (basically everything from Homer to Yates, and then some). She is currently working on a Shakespeare-based thesis (feel free to ask questions!), but also loves Jane Austen and many other authors. It would, sadly, take too much time to provide a thorough list. Aside from English courses she also takes classes in the Classics department and loves studying world mythologies, particularly Egyptian and Greek (and Roman). She is also the president of the Smith Creative Writing Club and loves reading, writing creative fiction and poetry, and drinking copious amounts of tea.
Some of her favorite fun summer reads include:Map of Time by Felix J. Palma; Ragnarok, The End of the Gods by A.S. Byatt, The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde, Anything and everything written by Rick Riordan (shh, it'strue); Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton; The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason, The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling (of course); The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis; Anything by Roald Dahl; and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll.
Feel free to send her an email at email@example.com asking questions about any classes that sound interesting, recommended professors (she's loved every professor she's ever had, something she feels lucky to say), or if you're interested in joining Creative Writing Club (shameless plug).
Mary Jordan Hill '15
Jordan is an English major with a Spanish minor. She is particularly interested in the literature of South America, specifically Luis Borges and Gabriel Marquez. She will be studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina in Spring 2014. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about studying abroad, crafting special studies, professors, and classes.