Common Read


Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith

The Common Read Program at Southeastern is managed and hosted by The Writing Center. Each semester, students in English 101 and English 102 classes are required to read the Common Read book, respond to the text in class, and write literary analysis essays on the book. In addition to offering tutoring for the Common Read, The Writing Center also hosts several events related to the Common Read, including student and faculty presentations. On Common Read Day, the semester's featured author of the Common Read book visits Southeastern to present public readings, answer questions, share writing strategies, and meet with English students who are reading the book. This year's Common Read text is Life On Mars by Tracy K. Smith, the Poet Laureate of the United States. For more information about the Common Read, visit the English Department's Common Read page.