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The Rose O'Neill

Literary House

Conference Faculty

If you have ever dreamed of studying with professional writers who are actively publishing and who know the world of contemporary literature, this is your chance. Our faculty are not only expert teachers but they are also successful authors and scholars who will introduce you to the exciting challenges of studying creative writing and literature at the college level.


Leslie Harrison is the author of The Book of Endings (U of Akron, 2017) and Displacement (Mariner Books, 2009). The Book of Endings was the 2016 Editor’s Choice for Akron, and Displacement won the Bakeless Prize in Poetry. Harrison is a recent NEA fellow in poetry, and is a former Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist awardee. She is a former Philip Roth Resident in poetry at Bucknell University. She has also held a scholarship and fellowship at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and a fellowship at The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Recent poems have appeared in numerous journals including The New Republic, The Kenyon Review, Cherry Tree, and elsewhere. She is working on a third book of poems and a memoir, and she lives and teaches in Baltimore. 



Julie Iromuanya is the author of Mr. and Mrs. Doctor (Coffee House Press), a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, the Etisalat Prize for Literature, and the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize for Debut Fiction. Her scholarly-critical work most recently appears in Converging Identities: Blackness in the Modern Diaspora (Carolina Academic Press). She was the inaugural Herbert W. Martin Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Dayton. She has also been a Jane Tinkham Broughton Fellow in Fiction at Bread Loaf Writers Conference, a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference, a Bread Loaf Bakeless / Camargo France Fellow, a Brown Foundation Fellow at the Dora Maar House, and a Jan Michalski Fellow at “The Treehouses.” Her work has also been supported by fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Ragdale Foundation. Iromuanya earned her B.A. at the University of Central Florida and her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she was a Presidential Fellow and award-winning teacher. She is an assistant professor in the creative writing MFA program at the University of Arizona.



Julie Marie Wade is the author of four collections of poetry and four collections of prose, most recently Catechism: A Love Story (Noctuary Press, 2016) and SIX: Poems, selected by C.D. Wright as the winner of the AROHO/ To the Lighthouse Poetry Prize. Other volumes include Wishbone: A Memoir in Fractures, winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir, Postage Due: Poems & Prose Poems, winner of the Marie Alexander Poetry Series, and Small Fires: Essays, selected for the Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature. Wade teaches in the creative writing program at Florida International University and reviews regularly for Lambda Literary Review and The Rumpus. Her newest collection, The Unrhymables: Collaborations in Prose, is co-authored with Denise Duhamel and will be published in early 2018.



Elizabeth Foley O’Connor is an Assistant Professor of English at Washington College where she teaches classes in modernism, twentieth century British literature, postcolonial literature, feminism and journalism. She has published essays on Pamela Colman Smith, Kate O’Brien, Jean Rhys, Ford Madox Ford, and fin dé siecle little magazines. Her current book project is centered on the early twentieth century artist, poet, editor, publisher and folklorist, Pamela Colman Smith who stood at the center of several different strands of modernism in the early 20th century before fading into obscurity.



Courtney E. Rydel, proud Jersey girl, holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania (2012) and a BA in English with minors in Creative Writing and Classical Studies from TCNJ (2006).   She appeared in a documentary called “Deadly Journeys of the Apostles” that aired on the National Geographic channel as well as in thirty-eight countries.  With ornithologist Jennie Carr, she created the #MedievalBirds project, bringing together biology and poetry.  Her current book project, Reading by Example: Women Saints from the Golden Legend and English Literary History, will be completed in July 2017.


Kendall Davis graduated cum laude from Washington College in 2016 with majors in English and Theatre and minors in Creative Writing and Dance.  She is currently an admissions counselor at WC for Western PA, Southern MD, and New Castle County DE. In addition to recruiting and reviewing applications, she generates content for prospective parent communications. Kendall’s play Bodies of Speech will be premiering in the 2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.  Kendall is excited to meet prospective students interested in the programs at Washington College, and to offer any insight she can into the collegiate admissions process.