Future Students

English and Communications Department

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The aim of the English and Communications Department at Anne Arundel Community College is to prepare you to be a more effective writer, speaker, and thinker and to help you develop your abilities to understand and appreciate literature and other cultures.

We work to help you...


  • Your mastery of English grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure
  • Your ability to organize and express ideas
  • Tour ability to communicate orally


  • Critical thinking and analyzing skills
  • Academic and personal writing styles
  • Computer skills that facilitate speaking and writing


  • Literature of America's and the world's many cultures
  • Great writing in forms both new and old
  • Classic literary themes in their cultural contexts
  • The craft of journalism
News & Announcements

Writers Reading @ AACC is a program that hosts a wide array of writers: poets, fiction writers, essayists, songwriters, memoirists, playwrights, journalists, and screenplay writers. Writers Reading encourages students, faculty, staff and community to attend. All events, sponsored by the AACC Student Association, are free and open to the public and include book sales and signings.

 Fall 2015 Schedule

September 24, 2015: Poet-- Christopher Ankney in HUM 112, 2:00-3:15

Christopher Ankney, an AACC faculty member, is the author of Hearsay, the winner of the 2014 Jean Feldman Prize-winner from Washington Writers' Publishing House.

“Hearsay is a collection of poems whose experiences are verified by Ankney’s rich and subtle imagination. He has teased out the imperative (Here, say) hidden in the title, and as such Ankney’s poems provide an enduring testimony for what it’s like to be alive in our calamitous, heart-breaking and over-charged epoch.”— Michael Collier

October 15, 2015: Historical Fiction Writer--Erika Robuck in HUM 112, 2:00- 3:15

Historical fiction writer, book blogger, voracious reader. Erika's first novel, Receive Me Falling was self-published. Penguin Random House published Hemingway’s GirlCall Me ZeldaFallen BeautyThe House of Hawthorne, and a short story anthology to which Erika contributed, Grand Central: Original Stories of Postwar Love and Reunion

November 19, 2015: Poet and Essayist--Jane Satterfield in HUM 112, 2:00-3:15

 Jane Satterfield was born in Northamptonshire, England and raised in the United States. Satterfield has won a number of awards. In 2013 she received the 49th Parallel Award in Poetry from Bellingham Review. In 2011 she won the Mslexia Women's Poetry Competition for "The War Years". In 2007, Satterfield was awarded both a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature for poetry and the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society Gold Medal for the Essay. Her books include: Her Familiars,Shepherdess with an AutomaticAssignation at Vanishing Point and Daughters of Empire: A Memoir of a Year in Britain and Beyond.

Faculty In the News:

Christopher Ankney-- Hearsay, winner of the 2014 Jean Feldman Prize at Washington Writers' Publishing House  

Garrett Brown –Cubicles (Finishing Line Press, 2014)

Susan Cohen—“She regards the polluted body” in The Fourth River, Vol. 11, 2014

Janice Gary-- Short Leash: A Memoir of Dog Walking and Deliverance, has won two Silver Nautilus Awards, one for Memoir/Personal Journey and one for Animals/Nature.