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Director, Rose O’Neill Literary House

Associate Professor of English & Creative Writing


(410) 778-7845

Office: Rose O’Neill Literary House, Second Floor (Hours by appointment)

Ph.D., Creative Writing and Literature – University of Houston, 2006.
M.F.A., Poetry – Bennington College, 2000.
B.A., English Literature – Stetson University, 1997.


James Allen Hall’s first book of poems, Now You’re the Enemy, received awards from the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Texas Institute of Letters, and the Fellowship of Southern Writers. In 2011, he was awarded fellowships in poetry from both the National Endowment of the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Recent poems and nonfiction have appeared in New England Review, American Poetry Review, Bloom, CutBank, Redivider, Arts and Letters, The Journal, and Best American Poetry 2012. His second book, I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well, is a collection of memoir-in-lyric-essay. The book was selected by author Chris Krauss as the winner of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Press’s Essay Award, and will be published in February 2017. He is an Associate Professor of English at Washington College and Interim Director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House.


Assistant Director, Rose O’Neill Literary House


(410) 778-7899

Office:  Rose O’Neill Literary House, Second Floor (Hours by appointment)

B.A., English, Creative Writing – Washington College, 2008.

Lindsay Lusby is the author of two chapbooks, Blackbird Whitetail Redhand (Porkbelly Press, forthcoming 2018) and Imago (dancing girl press, 2014), and the winner of the 2015 Fairy Tale Review Award in Poetry, judged by Joyelle McSweeney. Her poems have appeared most recently in The Account, North Dakota QuarterlyTinderbox Poetry JournalThird Point PressFairy Tale Review, and elsewhere. With Jehanne Dubrow, she has co-edited two poetry anthologies from the Literary House Press: The Book of Scented Things (2014) and Still Life with Poem (2016). She is the Assistant Director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House at Washington College, where she serves as assistant editor for the Literary House Press and managing editor for Cherry Tree


Administrative Assistant, Rose O’Neill Literary House


(410) 810-5768

Office: Rose O’Neill Literary House, Second Floor (Hours by appointment)

B.A., English, Creative Writing – Washington College, 2015.

Julie is a burgeoning poet and a lover of words. A member of the class of 2015, she graduated from Washington College with an English major and a creative writing minor.  During her senior year, she served as Editor-in-Chief of The Collegian, a student-run arts and literary magazineShe was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society, and was one of six finalists for the Sophie Kerr Prize. In 2017, she was awarded an Individual Artist Grant in poetry from the Maryland State Arts Council. Her work is forthcoming in RHINO. Fascinated by translation and the intricacies of different languages, she deeply enjoys writing about God and Christianity, family, dreams, traveling, and the experience of reading other poets. In her spare time, she likes to watch various sci-fi TV shows, read fantasy novels and poetry, and flail over a myriad of beloved fictional characters.



Master Printer, Rose O’Neill Literary House


(410) 778-7896

Office:  Rose O’Neill Literary House, First Floor (Hours by appointment)



Cat-in-Residence, 2010.

Not to be confused with the American jazz poet, novelist, playwright, short story writer, and columnist of the Harlem Renaissance, Langston was the second Literary House cat-in-residence. He joined us at the start of classes in 2010, after his owner abandoned him at the WC Boathouse. This sad story has a happy ending. The chubby and friendly Langston settled in and enjoyed naps, cuddles, and catching mice, before heading off to his adopted home in February 2011. 



Cat-in-Residence, 1992 – 2010.

Not the famous 20th Century author of Ethan Frome, but the famous Literary House cat-in-residence. For seventeen years she was a constant presence at Lit House readings and student meetings and had even been fed salmon sushi by author Neil Gaiman. Edith passed away on May 17, 2010, having hung around just long enough to watch the class of 2010 graduate.