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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.

2016-2017 Liaisons


Angela Acosta '17

Angela is a senior 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 aacosta@smith.edu 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 senior 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 dpappasfernandes@smith.edu if you'd like to talk about the English Major, classes and professors— or just about anything really!


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, and 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.


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 bcollins@smith.edu 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 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.!