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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.

Spring 2016 Schedule

 February 11—Poet John Gery 

John Gery has been a professor at the University of New Orleans since 1979.  His collection of poems, The Enemies of Leisure, received a Critic's Choice Award from the San Francisco Review of Books and was named a Best Book of 1995 in poetry by Publisher's Weekly. His poems have been translated into Serbian, Chinese, Romanian, and Bengali. His books include: Have at You Now!; A Gallery of Ghosts; Davenport's Version (;American Ghost/Americki Duh;For the House of Torkom: Armenian prose poems of Hmayyag Shems ;The Enemies of Leisure;Three Poems;The Burning of New Orleans;Charlemagne: A Song of Gestures.

  March  24—Poet Virgina Bell 

Virginia Bell is an activist, bilingual poet and essayist.  She is also a Senior Editor with RHINO Poetry and an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago, where she teaches courses on Women in Literature, Early American Literature, and Nationalism and Literature. Her poems have been published in numerous journals and anthologies, and are forthcoming in Spoon River Poetry Review. Throughout 2013, her poems will were featured on WGLT’s Poetry Radio. 

April 21– Novelist Michael Downs 

Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Michael Downs won third-place in an all-comers writing contest at Naubuc Elementary School for his story "The Day the World Went Poof." Encouraged, he's kept writing--from homemade comic books for friends to newspaper reports on college basketball games to reviews of restaurants that serve too much fried food. His books include HOUSE OF GOOD HOPE: A PROMISE FOR A BROKEN CITY, which won the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize, and THE GREATEST SHOW, a story collection (LSU Press, 2012). He has won literary fiction fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Maryland State Arts Council, and he has published stories in the Best American Mystery Stories series (2001, 2002).

Students in the News: 

2016 winner of the Marjorie Flack Award for Fiction is Jonas Pallero-Sonneborn for "Circes's Cirque"

2016 winner of the Burt Dall Formal Poetry Award is Sarah Fredericks for "Passion for Reason" 

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 

“The Proofreader Dreams in Sentence Fragments,” “The Wind-up Boy Knows Fourteen Songs,” “What the Old Woman Told Janie the Night Nurse” & “What the Night Nurse told the Old Woman’s Son” in  Fledgling Rag (Issue 16) January, 2016

Coming of Age at the End of Nature co-edited by Julie Dunlap and Susan Cohen, forthcoming in Fall 2016 from Trinity University Press. 

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.

Susan Moger--

Of Better Blood by Susan Moger (Albert Whitman Press, 2016)