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Literary Media & Communications

Pay Arts Fees | LMC Handbook

The Literary Media and Communications Department (LMC) works towards training the 21st century artist/writer in creating Trans/Narratives, which represents our new paradigm. The creative energies that have produced technological behemoths such as Facebook, Twitter, “i/Technologies”, blogs, “YouTube”, social media as a whole, require the ability to engage multiple skill sets. The necessity of having multiple skill sets with multiple platforms to render creativity is essential in competing within a global economy. 

LMC terms this rendering, Trans/Narratives, and is what our entire curriculum and training is premised on.  A student interested in poetry will also train in other creative forms including fiction and non-fiction, the essay, short story, micro-fiction and creative non-fiction, as well as print and web-based journalism, blog, playwriting and screenwriting, performance, film theory, documentary filmmaking, social media, and web narrative. This ability to create and render narrative, utilizing multiple strategies, “across multiple delivery channels”, will more aptly prepare LMC students to enter the Creative Economy.

  • Eric Easter
  • Penny Hollis
  • Oscar Jamaal
  • Ellington Robinson
  • Aisha Tyehimba
  • Derrick Weston Brown
Penny Hollis, LMC Chair

Writer, director, editor, producer, professor, and storyteller. Penny T. Hollis is a complete talent and one of the film world’s rising stars. Growing up in Louisiana, she is a product of the South’s rich history of storytelling. Her writing boasts vivid descriptions and dialogue which intrigue audiences. Her words however are only rivaled by the images and moods that she is able to extract from her actors and cinematographers as a director. Hollis began her formal training as a filmmaker at Grambling State University where she obtained a B.A. in Mass Communications and later at Howard University where she completed an M.F.A. Continuing in the noted tradition of African American filmmakers, she prides herself on working with other creatives and is dedicated to guiding audiences to realize the humanity in every character she creates. Hollis’ films highlight triumphs and tragedies in society and inspire audiences to ponder long after they would have experienced her films. Perhaps what makes Hollis exceptional as an artist is her ability to entertain audiences, while forcing them to think about the messages in her work, both blatant and implicit. Her work explores a range of themes, spanning reproductive rights, mental illness, grief, homelessness to love, and sexuality. As a woman and artist of color, Hollis understands her responsibility to give a voice to those characters and stories who would otherwise be silenced.

Hollis’ savvy as a post-production editor and storyteller has been recognized by many media entities. Her credits include work with Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Travel Channel, Smithsonian Channel, PBS among others. Hollis also worked in academia as an adjunct professor teaching script-writing, editing, and production courses at Howard University, George Mason University, and the University of the District of Columbia. Currently, Hollis teaches scriptwriting and post-production media courses and will start serving as Interim Chair at DESA this school year 2021-2022.


Mass Communications
Writing for Media
Writing Workshop I

Journalism I
Mass Communications II
Media II
Writing Workshop II

Journalism II
Mass Communications III
Media III
Play Analysis

Journalism III
Media IV


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