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James Allen HallJAMES ALLEN HALL 

Director, Rose O’Neill Literary House

Associate Professor of English & Creative Writing

jhall5@washcoll.edu 

(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 Director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House.

 

Lindsay LusbyLINDSAY LUSBY

Assistant Director, Rose O’Neill Literary House

llusby2@washcoll.edu

(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 the poetry collection Catechesis: a postpastoral (The University of Utah Press, forthcoming 2019), winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize, judged by Kimiko Hahn. She is also the author of two chapbooks, Blackbird Whitetail Redhand (Porkbelly Press, 2018) and Imago (dancing girl press, 2014), and the winner of the 2015 Fairy Tale Review Poetry Contest. Her poems have appeared most recently in Passages North, The Account, North Dakota QuarterlyTinderbox Poetry JournalFairy Tale Review, and elsewhere. Her visual poems have appeared in Dream Pop Press and Duende. 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


JULIE ARMSTRONG

Administrative Assistant, Rose O’Neill Literary House

jarmstrong2@washcoll.edu

(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 has appeared 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.

 

MIKE KAYLOR

Master Printer, Rose O’Neill Literary House

mkaylor2@washcoll.edu

(410) 778-7896

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

T. Michael Kaylor has served as the Master Printer at the Rose O’Neill Literary House since 1986. He inaugurated and taught at the Raven Press at the University of Delaware, and has been a partner at businesses such as Lead Graffiti and Simpleton Design (which develops and manufactures tools for book artists). He is the proprietor of two private presses since 1981, including The Inklings Press, a small commercial press, and The Pollen Press, which publishes Sherlock Holmes and mystery ephemera for the Baker Street Irregulars, The Speckled Band of Boston, The Friends of Irene Adler at Harvard, and The Sussex Apiarist Society. Mike is a founding member and past president of the Chesapeake Chapter of The American Printing History Association. In addition to teaching letterpress and bookbinding workshops at WAC every semester in the evenings, he is on the faculty at The Gunston School in Centreville, MD, where he teaches history and English. He lives in Chestertown.

  

Back CameraLANGSTON HUGHES

Former 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. 

 

EDITH WHARTON

Former 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.