English courses at New River Community College help students improve their reading and writing skills, prepare for professional writing demands, and ignite an appreciation for literature. From a purely practical perspective, employers look for strong writing skills across fields, and New River’s classes ensure that students are ready for those demands. Our faculty also believe that literature has the power to speak to readers and writers across generations, illuminating our thinking, helping us to see the continuity of ideas through time, and inspiring us to higher levels of creativity and artistry. Our writing courses include business and technical writing and transfer-level college composition. Our literary offerings include British, American, and world literature, as well as Appalachian, children’s, and women’s literature. English faculty are also actively engaged in their discipline, producing academic scholarship and creative work.
Dr. Manisha Sharma's flash fiction was selected as a semifinalist for the American Short(er) Fiction contest, where the editors said hers was "one of the strongest submissions." In addition, her poem "You have No Name, No Grave, No Identity" has been selected for inclusion in the anthology, Choice Words: Writers on Abortion, edited by Annie Finch, and under contract by Haymarket Books. The anthology includes selections from Audre Lorde, Lucille Clifton, Joyce Carol Oates, and many more.