We are teachers and mentors and working writers. Our job is to usher new work into print while helping Washington College undergraduates enter the larger literary community.
FOUNDING EDITOR: JEHANNE DUBROW
Jehanne Dubrow founded Cherry Tree in 2014. She is the author of seven books of poetry, including most recently, American Samizdat, and a book of creative nonfiction, throughsmoke: an essay in notes. Her previous poetry collections are Dots & Dashes, winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition Award, The Arranged Marriage, Red Army Red, Stateside, From the Fever-World, and The Hardship Post. She has co-edited two anthologies, The Book of Scented Things: 100 Contemporary Poems about Perfume and Still Life with Poem: Contemporary Natures Mortes in Verse. Her eighth book of poems, Simple Machines, which was just selected as the winner of the Richard Wilbur Poetry Award, will be published by the University of Evansville Press in November 2019.
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: JAMES ALLEN HALL
James Allen Hall’s first book of poems, Now You’re the Enemy, won awards from the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Texas Institute of Letters, and the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Poems from that book appeared in Boston Review, American Letters & Commentary, TriQuarterly, Painted Bride Quarterly, Alaska Quarterly Review, West Branch, and elsewhere. He has recently completed a manuscript entitled Romantic Comedy, which comprises poems that have appeared in Agni, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Arts and Letters, and the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, as well as in Best American Poetry 2012, edited by Mark Doty. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation of the Arts, the University of Arizona Poetry Center, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Hall is also the author of a collection of lyric essays, I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well, which won the 2016 Cleveland State University Poetry Center Essay Collection Award, judged by Chris Kraus. Essays appeared in Story Quarterly, Alaska Quarterly Review, Cutbank, Redivider, Bellingham Review, and Bennington Review. He teaches creative writing and literature at Washington College, where he serves as an associate professor of English and directs the Rose O’Neill Literary House.
ASSOCIATE EDITOR & FICTION EDITOR: ROY KESEY
Roy Kesey’s latest books are the short story collection Any Deadly Thing (Dzanc Books, 2013), the novel Pacazo (Dzanc Books, 2011/Jonathan Cape, 2012), and his translation of Pola Oloixarac’s Savage Theories, which will be published by Soho Press in 2017. He is the winner of an NEA grant for fiction and a PEN/Heim grant for translation. His short stories, essays, translations and poems have appeared in over a hundred magazines and anthologies, including Best American Short Stories and New Sudden Fiction.
Roy served as contributing editor for Issues 1 & 2 of Cherry Tree. He joined the staff as Fiction Editor in 2016, starting with Issue 3.
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POETRY EDITOR: ALYSE BENSEL
Alyse Bensel is the author of Rare Wondrous Things, a poetic biography of Maria Sibylla Merian (Green Writers Press, forthcoming 2020), and three chapbooks, including Lies to Tell the Body (Seven Kitchens Press, 2018). Her poems have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Gulf Coast, Poetry International, West Branch, and elsewhere. She is an assistant professor of English at Brevard College, where she directs the Looking Glass Rock Writers’ Conference.
Alyse joined the staff as Senior Poetry Reader in 2019, starting with Issue 6.
CREATIVE NONFICTION EDITOR: SUFIYA ABDUR-RAHMAN
Sufiya Abdur-Rahman’s work has appeared in publications including Catapult, Gay Mag, NPR, and the Washington Post. Her memoir manuscript, Heir to the Crescent Moon, was named runner-up in the 2019 Autumn House Nonfiction Contest and to the shortlist of the 2019 SFWP Literary Awards. She earned a religious writing prize in the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition and Notable distinction in Best American Essays 2016. She’s been awarded fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and is a two-time alumnus of VONA writing workshops. Sufiya holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College and is Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Washington College. She lives in Annapolis, MD, with her husband and two sons.
LITERARY SHADE EDITOR: KIMBERLY QUIOGUE ANDREWS
Kimberly Quiogue Andrews is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Washington College. A poet and literary critic, she is the author of two volumes of poetry: A Brief History of Fruit, winner of the 2018 Akron Poetry Prize and forthcoming from the University of Akron Press, as well as BETWEEN, winner of the 2017 New Women’s Voices prize from Finishing Line Press. She is currently working on a scholarly book that explores the interplay between literary-analytical modes of thinking and experimental poetic practice in and around the age of professionalized creative writing programs. Her critical work has appeared in Textual Practice and New Literary History, and recent creative work has appeared in Grist, The Recluse, The Shallow Ends, The Arkansas International, Poetry Northwest, Underblong, and other venues.
SENIOR POETRY READER: LINDSAY LUSBY
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.
Lindsay served as Managing Editor of Cherry Tree from its founding in 2014 through its sixth issue in 2020.
Justin Nash is a senior studying English, studio art, and media at Washington College. His poem “That Thing That Thing” won the 2019 Jude & Miriam Pfister Poetry Prize and his essay “Moments Suggesting This Body Does Not Always Belong to Me” was listed as a runner-up for the 2018 Norton Writer’s Prize. He is currently the Editor in Chief of the college’s student literary journal, Collegian; and previously served for two years as the Editor in Chief of the college’s liberal arts journal, the Washington College Review.
Justin also served as a nonfiction screener for Issues 5 & 6 of Cherry Tree, as well as Production Intern for Issue 5.
SENIOR FICTION READER: SARAH BLACKMAN
Sarah Blackman received her MFA from the University of Alabama. She is the co-fiction editor of DIAGRAM and the founding editor of Crashtest an online magazine for high school age writers. Her poetry and prose has appeared in The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, American Poetry Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Conjunctions, Fairy Tale Review, Metawritings, Towards a Theory of Nonfiction, edited by Jill Talbot and XO Orpheus: Fifty New Myths, edited by Kate Bernheimer, among other journals and anthologies. Her story collection, Mother Box, was the winner of the Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Contest and was published in 2013 by FC2. Her novel, Hex, came out with the same press in 2016. Sarah is the Director of Creative Writing at the Fine Arts Center, a public arts high school in Greenville, South Carolina, where she lives with the poet John Pursley III and their two daughters. She graduated from Washington College in 2002 with a BA in English, and won that year’s Sophie Kerr Prize.
SENIOR FICTION & NONFICTION READER: ELISE GALLAGHER
Elise Gallagher’s short stories have appeared in The Washington College Review, Skelter, Welter, Raven’s Perch, and STORGY. She is a freelance editor and adjunct English professor at Stevenson University. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Baltimore. Currently, she resides in Maryland with her husband, daughter, two cats, and dog.
2020 PRODUCTION INTERN: LIANE BECKLEY
Liane Beckley is a senior at Washington College majoring in Art and Art History with a concentration in Studio Art as well as minoring in Journalism, Editing & Publishing and Arts Management & Entrepreneurship. She is currently the Project Manager for the college’s online yearbook, The Pegasus, in addition to Art Director for the college’s student literary journal, Collegian.
Tamia Williams is a student at Washington College, with majors in English and Communication as well as minors in Creative Writing and Journalism, Editing & Publishing. Once she graduates, she plans to pursue editing and publishing as a career with focuses in Fiction and Nonfiction. In her free time, she scrapbooks, reads, and writes.
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