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Department Liaisons

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.

2018-2019 Liaisons







Katherine Keenan '19

Katherine is an English major, Medieval Studies minor, and Poetry Concentrator from the teeny-tiny town of Peacham, Vermont. She loves prose and poetry alike, but lately she's been reading a lot of short stories. Some of her favorite books include Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson and Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. She also loves the writing and storytelling of Adrienne Rich, Ross Gay, Marilyn Chin, and Anaïs Mitchell. This past summer she did a PRAXIS-funded internship at The Massachusetts Review, and she hopes to someday work in the world of literary publishing or book marketing, with a specific interest in poetry and children's literature. When she's not in class, you can probably find her serving coffee at a local cafe, exploring Western Massachusetts, or at a cappella rehearsal with The Smithereens.


She would be happy to answer any questions about being an English major, the Poetry Concentration, finding summer internships, and all the best places to hide out and get some writing done in the Northampton area. She can be contacted at kkeenan@smith.edu.

Rylee Smith '20

Rylee is an English major from Cleveland, Ohio. Her literary interests include 20th century novels, women writers, representations of dogs/pet keeping in books, and literary theory of all sorts. She chooses not to rank her favorite books, but anyone who knows her will say that she is utterly obsessed with Virginia Woolf's prose. Other writers she admires are Edna St. Vincent Millay, Sara Ahmed, Roxane Gay, Andrea Gibson, and Sylvia Plath. Outside of class, Rylee likes to watch basketball, spend time with Margaret (her dog), make zines about literary history, and drink a lot of coffee.


Feel free to reach out to Rylee at rsmith35@smith.edu with questions about the requirements of the English major, professors, classes, essay writing — she'd be happy to discuss anything related to the study of literature!


Audrey Davis '21J

Audrey is an English major from Freedom, NH. She enjoys revisiting her favorite works of classic British, American, and Canadian literature, but wants to spend her time at Smith exploring literature from all over the world. Her favorite authors include Jane Austen, Margaret Atwood, Charlotte Brontë, Thomas Hardy, Toni Morrison, Eudora Welty, Virginia Woolf, and many, many more! Aside from reading novels, her academic interests include literary theory, film studies, and English education in American high schools. She spends her free time exploring the local public libraries, playing with her pets, hiking, and trying new types of tea.


Audrey can be reached at aldavis@smith.edu. Feel free to contact her if you have questions about the English department, the major, and courses or if you just want to chat about books!