EWL Alums have gone on to succeed in graduate school and an array of careers.  Here’s a sample of our outstanding alums.
  • Alexandra Palmer

    Alexandra graduated from MMC with a major in English and World Literatures and a minor in Hispanic Studies in 2012. She was accepted into the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU to pursue her Masters degree. She also received two departmental fellowships to attend the Reporting New York program where she will learn how to create her own broadcasts on stories specific to the NY area and the nation.

  • Betsy Stepina Zinn

    “The most important thing I learned from the [EWL] department was to read closely and carefully. A degree in English is invaluable for developing critical thinking skills that can be applied to all career fields. So, even though I’m an art historian, the act of reading a text translates into critically examining visual art.”

  • Brianna Stimpson

    After graduating in 2012, Brianna traveled to Asia for seventeen months to teach English in South Korea, work in news radio in Cambodia, and explore new cultures. She worked on the launch team for a state-of-the-art multiplatform performance venue The Greene Space in SoHo New York City, and is now working with NPR’s Branded Events Department to produce local and national multiplatform content from NPR’s new headquarters in Washington DC.

  • Cameron Cain

    Interned at Scholastic Corporation and Conde Nast Traveler Magazine
    “You hear it from all quarters: these days a college degree is simply not enough. If you graduate without at least one internship under your belt, your reśumé can end up on the bottom of the pile. But while internships may be vital to your future employment prospects, those internships can vary enormously in terms of what you get to do and what you end up learning. In my case, I’ve had two editorial internships. The first was at Scholastic, a company that publishes educational material for teachers, parents, and children.  The second was at Condé Nast Traveler Magazine,  where I was able to attend production meetings  and had opportunities to work on many interesting projects, including the creation of a family travel app for smartphones and iPads.  Both internships gave me the chance to learn from some incredible writers and editors, and to put into practice some of the skills that I have acquired as an English & World Literatures major and and journalism minor, including researching, editing, fact checking and pitching story ideas. Perhaps most valuable of all though was the glimpse that I had, warts and all, of what life is like in the publishing industry.”

  • Farah Minwalla

    Interned at SPIN Magazine, Senator Charles Schumer’s Office, Common Cause, the Department of Homeland Security, and Customs and Border Protection
    “My internship experiences provided me a glimpse of what life after college would be like without the shock of graduating college and starting my first job with little to no work experience. I am very grateful to the guidance I got from the faculty as well as the internship and résumé help I received from the staff in the Office of Career Services. Marymount Manhattan is a great place for taking advantage of the wonderful resources of New York City.”

  • Greer Temnick

    “The most beneficial part of my MMC experience was learning from the knowledgeable EWL faculty. I was exposed to a wide variety of courses including Contemporary African Literature, 18th Century Literature and Literary New York. The depth and rigor of my courses prepared me for my current graduate studies, and the encouragement and guidance I received from the EWL faculty has pushed me to pursue my passion. I’m grateful to have been, and to continue to be part of such a supportive community.  

  • Jay Lemire

    After graduating from MMC, Jay worked at the Frick Art Reference Library of the Frick Collection while completing Bard Graduate Center’s MA program in design history and material culture. While completing research for his qualifying paper, Jay was awarded a research fellowship at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library. He is currently Manager for Historic Content in the corporate archive at Ralph Lauren.

  • Josephine Graci

    “[English and World Literatures] instilled in me strong communication skills - both written and orally - that proves to be instrumental in all industries.”  

  • Katie Coyle

    Katie received her MFA in Fiction from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. Her writing has been published in The Southeast Review, Cobalt, and Critical Quarterly, among others. Her debut YA novel Vivian Versus the Apocalypse was published in 2013.

  • Louise Mattarelliano

    While completing her English & World Literatures major at Marymount Manhattan, Louise was accepted to our joint BA/MS program with Pace University, which allowed her to begin pursuing her Masters degree in Publishing.  She earned this degree from Pace University in 2010 and is currently a production supervisor at W.W. Norton & Company.


  • Penny Pun

    From the EWL Faculty:

    “Penny is an excellent student and a truly creative intellectual. While getting ready to stage her off-Broadway play, Blue –which will be included in PanAsian Rep’s NuWorks 2017, Penny has been finishing her Honors in the Major thesis, which is titled “Impossible to Put Together: Disabled Narratives in Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape and Happy Days.” Her thesis examines linguistic encoding of disability and anxiety in the reception of such codes. However, because existing theories about disabled narratives fall short of articulating how that anxiety occurs, Penny has decided that she must develop her own theory – one that rejects concerns about what happens before and after disability. This is only one example of the outstanding work that Penny has produced in all of her English & World Literatures classes.”

  • Renee Watson

    “Transferring from a few different large universities in Texas and finally ending up at MMC, I entered the EWL and Creative Writing departments with a mindset that hindered my current accomplishments greatly. Only when I realized what the knowledgeable and encouraging professors could offer me did I begin to push myself, taking whatever they gave me and turning it into valuable insight for the future. I joined The Review and was an active participant for 2 ½ years, even submitting and publishing a fiction piece in the magazine during my final year. Though I applied to several publishing-related internships during my time at MMC, I, unfortunately, did not have enough experience as my peers. Professor Feilla then persuaded me to join Pace’s Publishing program, and using that experience, along with what the English and World Literatures and Creative Writing departments and The Review offered me, I finally landed an internship at Oxford University Press, where I was a production intern. This spring, I’ll be a managing editorial intern at Open Road Integrated Media, and by May, I’ll have an MS in Publishing.”

  • Ruth Calhoun

    Ruth began working for Trulia, an online residential real estate site for home buyers, sellers, renters, and real estate professionals, in 2008. Trulia started publicly trading on the NYSE in 2012. She is currently the Senior Director of Sales Development.

  • Ryan Lawlor

    Ryan was a double major in English & World Literatures and Political Science.  He went to law school at St. John’s University. After serving as an attorney at the Law Offices of Eric H. Green and Associates, Ryan became an Assistant Managing Attorney at the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff in January 2013. 


  • Taylor Morgan

    “As we continue to grow [Amborella Organics], I am constantly reminded of the positive choice I made attending MMC. I graduated with a BA, but in truth what I gained from my professors and myself during those four years far surpassed anything I could have ever imagined.”