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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.

2017-2018 Liaisons


Elizabeth Perkins '18J

Elizabeth is an English and Education double major from Brooklyn, New York. She loves creative writing and hopes to one day publish a chapbook. She also enjoys reading as much as she loves writing. Some of her favorite authors of prose and poetry include: Neil Gaiman, Judy Grahn, Charlotte Bronte, Sylvia Plath, Joan Aiken, Lucille Clifton and many many more. When she is not reading or writing, you can find her in King House or the Smith College Campus School doing student teaching! There are many possibilities for Elizabeth in post-grad life, but so far she thinks she will teach creative writing, go to grad school or maybe even both!


Her interests include, reading, drinking coffee, writing, biking, and the quest for the perfect grilled cheese. She can be reached at eperkins@smith.edu.














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 mhu@smith.edu.



April Cheever '19

April is an English major with a minor in Landscape Studies. Born and raised in the tiny state of Rhode Island, April likes to think big in terms of literature. She enjoys studying literature and written material that may not be included in the traditional literary canon, as well as contemporary adaptations of canon works that shed light upon more recent social issues.
Her favorite books include The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Prospero's Daughter by Elizabeth Nunez.

April also works as a student staff member for Residence Life. You can find April propagating plants, cat sitting for everyone in the local area, and going for small adventures.

Within her time at Smith, April hopes to do research on how the concept of a landscape is portrayed in literature, thereby combining her two favorite interests!

Please send April an email at acheever@smith.edu if you want to talk about the English major, your experience as an English major, classes, professors, ways to approach English from an interdisciplinary liberal arts standpoint, etc.!

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.