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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.

2016-2017 Schedule 

Susan Sonde (Poet)-- September 22nd 2016 in HUM 112 from 2:00-3:15

Susan Moger (YA Novelist) October 13th in HUM 112 from 2:00-3:15

Carlos Gomez (Spoken Word Artist) October 25th in HUM 112 from 2:00-3:15 

Kevin Smith West (Screenplay Writer) November 10th in HUM 112 from 2:00-3:15

Adam Tavel (Poet) February 9th in HUM 112 from 2:00-3:15

Leslie Pietrzyk (Novelist and Memoirist) March 23rd  in HUM 112 from 2:00-3:15

April – TBA

Students in the News: 

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

2016 AACC campus winner of the League of Innovation Literary Award in One Act Play--Jonas Pallaro-Sonneborn for  It Is So Black 

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

2016 AACC campus winner of the League of Innovation Literary Award in Fiction--Sarah Fredricks for "The Last Playboy of Rathfadden Villlage"

 2016 AACC campus winner of the League of Innovation Literary Awards in both Poetry and Essay--Martine Parode for "To Live Again Under that Mossy Roof" and "32,000 Feet"

 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, (Trinity University Press, 2016) 

Meg Eden--

“Radium Girls” won 1st place in poetry for Ian Macmillan Award by Hawaii Review; recent publications in: Freezeray, Colorado Review, CV2, Nostroia, Cartridge Lit, Barrelhouse, Tinderbox Poetry Journal,Drafthorse, Freestate Review, Reed, Hawaii Review, Gargoyle, Blotterature, Poet Lore, Salzburg Review, Rattle, Carte Blanch, So to Speak and Cresset; and her manuscript, The Names of Animals, was a finalist for the HKU International Poetry Prize, judged by Li-Young Lee.

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)


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