English, Literature, and Journalism Department 

Mt. San Antonio College hosts a wide range of courses in English composition, literature, creative writing, and journalism, including courses in developmental composition, college-level transferable composition and literature courses, and learning communities classes through the Honors, Bridge, and Pathways programs. These courses serve the needs of transfer students, students seeking AA degrees and specialized certificates, and members of the community at large.

The department provides a substantial undergraduate curriculum and faculty support in the creative writing and journalism programs. In each of our courses, faculty seek to promote critical and creative thinking, providing students with the skills necessary to thrive in their academic pursuits, in the workplace, and in their personal development.

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English & Literature 

    • About

      The English program at Mt. San Antonio College hosts a wide range of courses in English composition, including courses in developmental composition and grammar, college-level transferable composition, and honors courses. These courses serve the needs of transfer students, students seeking AA degrees and specialized certificates, and members of the community at-large.

      The department, in particular, provides a substantial undergraduate curriculum and faculty support in the creative writing and journalism programs. In each of our courses, faculty seek to promote critical and creative thinking, providing students with the skills necessary to thrive in their academic pursuits, in the workplace, and in their personal development.

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Creative Writing

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      The English Department offers a comprehensive, two-year program in creative writing, which includes classes in poetry, fiction, memoir, journaling, and creative non-fiction. Participating members of the faculty within the program publish their own work across a wide variety of media.

      The program and the department also host the student Creative Writing Club, the literary journal Creepy Gnome, "Writers Day Contest & Festival,” and an annual writing conference, “Writers’ Weekend.”

      During each spring semester, the Creative Writing Program hosts its annual creative writing conference, “Writers Weekend.” Registrants work one-on-one with professional writers, poets, editors, publishers, and professors from the program. All levels of writers can participate in the weekend program.

      For more information about events, please contact Professor John Brantingham at jbrantinghamAT_mtsac.edu or visit the program webpage: http://writersday.mtsac.edu.

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    • Writers Day
    • Writers Weekend
      This event is open to participants from our college, other California colleges, and surrounding community. Learn More.

Journalism

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      The Mt. SAC Journalism Program is being hailed as one of the most innovative college journalism programs in the nation. Our program has been a pioneer in transforming traditional college media to an extensive multimedia, digital presence. Top colleges and universities are restructuring their journalism programs to reflect our groundbreaking model.  

      Our courses prepare students for media in the mobile and digital era, utilizing the latest multimedia tools and relevant publishing platforms to transform students into award-winning journalists.

      Our program turns out versatile and capable journalists who are trained in broad journalistic formats, including investigative reporting, in-depth feature writing, photojournalism, public relations, podcasting, video-casting, and much more.

      We continue to evolve our program offerings to remain on the forefront of today’s journalistic landscape and so that our students are equipped with the skills they need to succeed in the industry.

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      Alumni

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    • Publications
      We are all over digital media.  Our student journalists are covering stories every day. Learn More.
    • Alumni
      In the last decade, hundreds of students took part in the journalism program.  Learn what alumni had to say about their experience in our program.  Learn More.

Writing Teachers Write

The Mt. SAC English Department not only teaches thousands of students each semester, but many of the faculty publish work often. From poetry to flash fiction to critical essays, the English Department is home to some of Southern California's best writers. Please, take a look at some of the wonderful work being done by our faculty!

    • Lloyd Aquino
      Madeline After the Fall
      This small collection of fourteen poems explores the process of dealing with depression, anxiety, and grief in the wake of painful loss.
    • John Brantingham

      Dual Impressions: Poetic Conversations About Art is a discussion between John Brantingham and Jeffrey Graessley about art and life in poetic form. The collection covers themes such as war, poverty, and social justice.

      "The California Water Wars, " is a short story that was published in the anthology The Best Small Fictions 2016, which is an award for flash fiction.

      Other works by John Brantingham

      Short Stories

      • “Ferdinand, Lincoln, McKinley.” Muse. Spring 2016.
      • “1850.” Manifest West. Summer 2016.
      • “All of Those Boys Are Dead Now.” Broad River Review. Spring 2016.
      • “Art in the West.” Linden Avenue Review. Spring 2016.
      • “Jack Daniel.” The Blotter Magazine. Spring 2016.
      • “The View from the Monkey Bars.” In Parenthesis. Fall 2015.
      • “The Ocean Will Eat Us All.” Litro Magazine, NY. Fall 2016.
      • "In the Land of Drought.” Eleventh Transmission. Winter 2016.
      • “The Water Hunter.” Verdad. Winter 2016
      • "When Rachel Sleeps.” Winamop. October 2015
      • “In the Tule Fog.” The Nashwaak Review. Summer 2015.
      • "The Savior.” The MacGuffin. Spring/Summer 2015.
      • “The Sorrowful Music of Cows.” Shadowgraph Online Quarterly. 2015.
      • “The Sweetness of Milk.” Southern California Review. 2015

      Poems

      • “Instructions for Swimming before the Rain” and "Koi Pond, Norton Simon Museum of Art." Synethesia. Spring 2016.
      • “Jobim’s Sacred Wave” and “Agenda.” Askew. Winter 2016.
      •  “A Memory of Smoke.” The Redneck Review. Winter 2016.
      • “Silence.” Town Creek Poetry. December 2015.
      • Houses Near the Gravel Pit, 1913, Paul Klee.” Colorado Boulevard. Fall 2015.
      • “Dizzy on Moro Rock,” “A Memory of Smoke,” and “The End of Glaciers.” Verse-Virtual. November 2015.
      • “Your Story of Water.” Verse-Virtual. October 2015.
      • “Yellow Mountain,” “Outside the Nanjing Massacre Memorial,” and “A Culture of Kites.” Your One Phone Call. January 2016.
      • “Guttersoul,” “Slip Out Before Anyone Knows,” and “Holy Water, 1987.” The Lost Coast Review. January 2016.
      • “And Then There Was Death.” Sacred Cow Magazine. January 2016. 
      • “The Dream of Water.” Tears in the Fence. Winter 2015.
      • Women Ironing, Edgar Degas,” “The Synesthesia of Egrets,” and “Without Even a Glance Backward.” Cadence Collective, Year Two Anthology. Fall 2015
      • “Flying across the International Dateline,” “Crossing into China with John Coltrane,” and “John Coltrane Taxi-Rides with Me through Shanghai.” Drunk in a Midnight Choir. June 2015.

      Public Appearances, Criticism, and Conference Presentations 

      • Los Angeles Review of Books Radio Hour. Interview about my new anthology on KPFK 90.7 March 30 at 8pm.
      • “An Interview with Marsha de la O.” Tears in the Fence. Spring 2016.
      • “An Interview with Lori Howe.” Alebrijes. Spring 2016
      • “The Toddler.” Rind Literary Magazine. Spring 2015.
      • Review of Grant Hier’s Untended Garden. East Jasmine Review, August 2015.
    • Bill Cushing

      Poems

      • "Cusquenos." Metaphor. 2015
      • "Music Isn't about Standing Still and Being Safe." Stories of Music. 2015
    • Kathy Hall
       
      • "Party Etiquette Tips for Urban Public School Teachers." McSweeneys. Spring 2016. 
 

Our Professors

  • Name 1 Margie Whalen
    Department Chair
  • Name 2 Sangvan Thaysangkram
    Department Chair
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ELJ Department

8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Building 26D-1471A
(909) 274-4706
mwhalenAT_mtsac.edu
www.mtsac.edu/elj/ 

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