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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 Director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House.



Associate Director, Rose O’Neill Literary House

Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing


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

MFA, Creative Writing (Fiction). Queens University of Charlotte. 2018.
BA, English. Washington College. 1991.
Certificate of Completion of Studies, Philosophy. Oxford University. 1990.

Roy Kesey’s latest book is the short story collection Any Deadly Thing (Dzanc Books, 2013). He’s also the author of the novel Pacazo (the January 2011 selection for The Rumpus Book Club, and winner of Word Riot’s 2012 Paula Anderson Book Award), the short story collection All Over (a finalist for the 2008 Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award, and one of The L Magazine’s Best Books of the Decade), the novella Nothing in the World (winner of the 2005 Bullfight Media Little Book Award), and a historical guide to the city of Nanjing, China. 

He has won an NEA grant for fiction and a PEN/Heim grant for translation. His translation of Pola Oloixarac’s debut novel Savage Theories (Entropía/Soho Press) was shortlisted for 2018 BTB award (University of Rochester/Three Percent) and the 2018 Tournament of Books (The Morning News). His translation of her novel Dark Constellations (Literatura Random House/Soho Press) is forthcoming in April 2019.

His work has appeared in numerous anthologies including Best American Short Stories, the Norton anthologies New Sudden Fiction and New Micro, The Robert Olen Butler Prize Anthology and The Future Dictionary of America, and in more than a hundred magazines including McSweeney’s, Subtropics, Buensalvaje, and American Short Fiction.



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 the poetry collection Catechesis: a postpastoral (The University of Utah Press, 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 Gulf Coast, The Cincinnati Review, Passages North, The Account, and North Dakota Quarterly. 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


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, the 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 and is forthcoming in Gulf Stream.



Master Printer, Rose O’Neill Literary House


(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.



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. 



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.