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Sophie Kerr / Rose O’Neill Literary House Writer-in-Residence at Washington College

Offered every three years during the fall semester, this residency is funded by the Sophie Kerr Endowment, the Rose O’Neill Literary House, and the Office of the Provost. While at Washington College, the Writer-in-Residence teaches one creative writing class, holds office hours to meet students, and gives both a public reading and a craft talk.

The Writer-in-Residence allows the Department of English and the Rose O’Neill Literary House to offer students more opportunities to engage with an established creative writer in sustained and meaningful ways, adding diversity to the creative writing offerings and bringing additional points of view to the literary conversation taking place on our campus.

There is no application process; the Writer-in-Residence is selected by the Department of English and the Director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House.


2015 Writer-in-Residence

Roy Kesey is the author, most recently, of the short story collection Any Deadly Thing (Dzanc Books 2013) and the novel Pacazo (Dzanc Books 2011/Jonathan Cape 2012). His other books include the short story collection All Over, the novella Nothing in the World, and a historical guidebook to the city of Nanjing.

He has received a National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship, the Paula Anderson Book Award, and the Bullfight Media Little Book Award. His short stories, essays, translations and poems have appeared in more than a hundred magazines and anthologies, including Best American Short Stories and New Sudden Fiction. Kesey earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Washington College in 1991.

You can learn more about Roy Kesey and is work by visiting his website.