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Professor Andrea Stone was interviewed on Bill Newman's show on WHMP April 13th about her recent poetry book, "American Spelling: Story in Verse."

Below is a link to the broadcast.

WHMP Interview

She'll be reading from the book on Saturday, April 16th at 6:00 in Smith College Neilson Library Browsing Room.


Below is a podcast of ENG Professor Bill Oram reading Robert Frost's poem 'Desert Places.' Enjoy!



Ruth Ozeki, The Face: A Time Code
Monday, April 11, 7 p.m.
Neilson Browsing Room

Please join the Department of English Language & Literature and Restless Books in celebrating the publication of the short memoir The Face: A Time Code by acclaimed author Ruth Ozeki, the current Elizabeth Drew Professor of English.

In The Face: A Time Code, the author challenges herself to spend three hours gazing into her own reflection, recording her thoughts, and noticing every possible detail. Those solitary hours open up a lifetime's worth of meditations on race, aging, family, death, the body, self-doubt, and, finally, acceptance. A Zen Buddhist priest, Ozeki calls on her experience of growing up in the wake of World War II as a half-Japanese, half-Caucasian American; of having a public face as an author; of studying the intricate art of the Japanese Noh mask; of being ordained; and of her own and her parents' aging, to paint a rich and utterly unique portrait of a life as told through a face.

More info: http://www.restlessbooks.com/the-face/

Refreshments will be served, and books will be available for purchase.


Literary Lunches

The English department hosts 3-4 noontime literary discussions per semester. All are welcome and lunch is available for the first 20 attendees.

Spring 2016

Thursday, February 18, noon, Dewey Hall Common room

"This Rough Magic: Piloting Digital Technology in the Shakespeare Classroom" Professor Naomi Miller will talk about the learning curve she experienced when implementing digital technology for the first time in here Shakespeare classroom, addressing pitfalls and reqards, as well as wonder along the way. This collaborative presentation will include Instructional Technologists Yasmin Eisenhauer and Alexandra Martines.

Monday, March 28, noon, Seelye 207

"How to Be a Writer in the World" Speakers will include current faculty from the English department including Ruth Ozeki, Marilyn Chin, Ellen Watson, Joan Houlihan, Pamela Petro, Maya Janson and more. Discussions will include how to manage to weave your writing practice into the fabric of the rest of your life, and how to continue your art even as you may be pursuing another career. Moderated by English department faculty members Floyd Cheung and Juliana Hu Pegues.

Friday, April 15, noon, Seelye 207

A Conversation with author Ruth Ozeki and author/editor Carole DeSanti Ruth and Carole will discuss the process of writing and the world of publishing.


Fall 2015

Wednesday, September 30, noon, Seelye 207

Professor Andrea Stone will reflect on her writing process as both a scholarly and creative writer. She will discuss her two forthcoming manuscripts, the academic book Black Well-Being: Health and Selfhood in Antebellum Black Literature and her poetry book American Spelling, a Story in Verse.

Wednesday, November 4, noon, The Poetry Center, Wright Hall

Come hear "speedreadings" by Smith College creative writing professors including Arda Collins, Maya Janson, Pamela Petro, Dava Sobel, and Ellen Doré Watson. (Poet Marilyn Chin and novelist Ruth Ozeki can't join us, but we will read selections from their work as well.) Attendees will also learn about spring course offerings in creative writing from the English Department. (Please note new location for this lunch only!)


Presentation of the Major

The Presentation of the Major in English Language and Literature will take place on Wednesday, October 28th at noon in Campus Center room 103/104. We welcome you to join us to hear from our distinguished faculty about our great major! Lunch will be served.



Working Writers Lecture Series: "How Many Words and Images Does it Take to Fill the Grand Canyon? An Exploration of Multi-Media Narratives" by Pamela Petro, Tuesday, October 20, 4:30, Seelye 207


The 2015 Kennedy Lecture Series: "Exploring Secular Vocation From Ricardian to Tudor England" by Colgate Professor Lynn Staley,

Tuesdays at 5:00, Seelye 201