Join in the Study and Practice of the Literary Arts
The Monterey Peninsula College English Department offers instruction in composition and reading on basic through transfer levels; its genre courses provide opportunities to study American, British and World Literature and to pursue the creation of poetry, short fiction, novels, memoirs, and other forms of Creative Writing. The department also offers a nationally recognized Great Books Program.
MPC English faculty are accomplished educators, scholars and artists, active in local, regional, and national academic organizations. Collectively, they have written and published dozens of books, articles, stories, essays, poems and plays.
Use the links at left for information about course offerings, degrees and certificates, challenge exams, and faculty contact information. You will also find links to the web pages of the Great Books Program, Creative Writing Program, Guest Authors Series, English & Study Skills Center, and more.
See the Catalog and Schedule of Classes for course descriptions, scheduling and registration information.
English Instructor wins Excellence in Teaching Award
Creative Writing Instructor Henry Marchand is MPC's 2017 recipient of the Allen Griffin Teaching Award, given by the Community Foundation of Monterey County to outstanding educators at the county's secondary and post-secondary institutions.
The award recognizes sustained excellence in classroom teaching and positive impact beyond the classroom in the recipient's school, profession, and community.
Mr. Marchand created and teaches the MPC English Department's creative writing curriculum, along with Brandi Kary. He also directs the MPC Guest Authors Series and advises the Creative Writing Club, which publishes Scheherazade, the college literary magazine. He is a writer of fiction and nonfiction, with stories, essays, and articles published in anthologies and print magazines nationwide as well as online. He was recently named Associate Editor for Fiction at The Flexible Persona, a magazine published in print and online.
Works By English Department Faculty
A sampling of original works by our instructors:
David Clemens' essay about the importance of study in literature and the Humanities:
Henry Marchand's short story, "A Hunger Artist," in Cleaver Magazine.
Brandi Kary's poem, "This is How Things End," in The Voices Project.
Ayaz Pirani's poem, "African Masks" in Tipton Poetry Journal. The poem is also included in the 2017 compilation of poetry for "Poem in Your Pocket Day," an annual event during National Poetry Month (April).
Allston James' play, "Suribachi," winner of the British Theatre Challenge, performed by the Sky Blue Theatre Company.