Resources in Literature

The Jane Bancroft Cook Library at New College is home to a broad assortment of books, scholarly journals, national and international databases, and other print and electronic media related to the study of Literature and is available to students throughout the year. The library is also home to the College's Academic Resource Center (ARC), which hosts a number of services of interest to students including the Writing Resource Center (WRC) and the Language Resource Center (LRC).

Each spring, New College hosts a Visiting Writer-in-Residence, a published writer who teaches classes and holds workshops for students interested in creative writing. The writer-in-residence also gives public readings in the community. Recent writers-in-residence include:

Shira Dentz, author of black seeds on a white dish and Leaf Weather whose poems and stories have appeared in American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, New American Writing, jubilat and Brooklyn Rail.

Adam Davies, author of The Frog King, Goodbye Lemon and the comic-crime thriller, Mine, All Mine, with nonfiction published in the New York Times and appearances on NPR and A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts.

Sandy Florian, author of Telescope, 32 Pedals & 47 Stops, The Tree of No, Prelude to Air From Water and On Wonderland & Waste.

The Dr. Helen N. Fagin Holocaust Collection is a special collection in the Jane Bancroft Cook Library with materials related to the Holocaust, genocide and humanitarian studies. The Fagin room can be reserved for occasional small meetings connected with the collection.

Our student newspaper, The Catalyst, is taught as a tutorial for academic credit under the sponsorship of Professor Maria Vesperi, herself a former journalist. What a great way to know your campus and community, and keep up with the changing world of journalism.

Anemoi ("The Winds") is New College's journal of pre-modern studies. Students participate as editors, reviewers and contributors with content covering the classical, medieval and early modern periods.

New College hosts the Biennial New College Conference on Medieval & Renaissance Studies, which draws top scholars in history, literature, art history, philosophy and other fields. Students have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the scholars and attend the conference presentations.

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Students in our Literature program regularly receive internships to assist as writers and editors for local magazines and newspapers and to mentor and teach students in local schools.  Here is a look at some of the local organizations at which our students have recently interned:

• Sarasota Magazine
• SRQ Magazine
• Sarasota Herald-Tribune
• Sarasota County Public Schools
Sarasota County Public Libraries
• School District of Manatee County


According to the Washington Post, New College has more Fulbright Scholars per capita in recent years than Harvard, Stanford or Yale. (2010)

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