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Cherry Tree

A National Literary Journal @ Washington College

Editorial Staff

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.


Jehanne Dubrow founded Cherry Tree in 2014. She is the author of five poetry collections, including most recently The Arranged Marriage (UNMP 2015), Red Army Red (Northwestern UP 2012), and Stateside (Northwestern UP 2010). Her sixth book of poems, Dots & Dashes, won the Crab Orchard Review Open Competition and will be published by Southern Illinois University Press in 2017. Her work has appeared in The Southern ReviewPrairie SchoonerWest BranchThe Hudson Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review.  She is an Associate Professor of creative writing at the University of North Texas. You can learn more about Jehanne’s work at her website.



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.



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 AccountNorth Dakota QuarterlyTinderbox Poetry JournalThird Point PressFairy Tale Review, and elsewhere. Her visual poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Dream Pop Press and Duende. 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 also serves as assistant editor for the Literary House Press. 



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.



Emma Sovich’s first full-length collection of poetry, Wendy Rebinding Wendy, won the Bryant-Lisembee Book Prize and will be published in 2017 by Red Paint Hill Press. Her poetry and nonfiction appear most recently in Denver Quarterly, Crab Orchard Review, and Passages North Online. Her artist’s books have been shown across the country. She has previously served as Managing Editor, then Editor of Black Warrior Review. She currently teaches creative writing, composition, and book arts as a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Washington College, her alma mater.

Emma served as Senior Poetry Reader for Issues 1-3. She moved to the role of Creative Nonfiction Editor in 2017, starting with Issue 4.



Julia Armstrong 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. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society, and was one of six finalists for the 2015 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.

Julia served as Production Intern for Issue 1, and then Poetry Screener for Issues 2 & 3. She moved to the role of Senior Poetry Reader in 2017, starting with Issue 4.



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 ReviewThe Gettysburg ReviewAmerican Poetry ReviewAlaska Quarterly ReviewConjunctionsFairy Tale ReviewMetawritingsTowards 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.



Elise Gallagher graduated from Washington College in 2010 with a BA in English. After graduation, she moved to Massachusetts where she spent five years working in Boston with two major publishing companies. Her last position was at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as an Associate Production Editor in their Adult Trade Manuscript Editorial Department. She now resides in Maryland with her husband, two cats, and a dog, and is a student in the University of Baltimore MFA Creative Writing and Publishing Arts Program. She finished her first literary fiction novel and is actively seeking an agent. Her next personal projects include writing a Young Adult Fantasy novel series and working on short stories to compile into a short story collection. This fall, her creative nonfiction essay, Floating Lanterns, was published in the UB Post.   



Alex Vidiani is currently an MFA student at the University of Maryland, College Park. In his spare time, he enjoys wingtips, cafĂ©-hopping, and marathons of Mad Men. His work has been published in Juked, Cleaver, and The Summerset Review. He graduated from Washington College in 2015, and won that year’s Sophie Kerr Prize.

Alex served as Poetry Screener for Issue 1. He moved to the role of Senior Poetry Reader in 2015, starting with Issue 2.



Caroline Harvey is a junior English and Computer Science double major with a Creative Writing minor at Washington College. She is the 2016 Cherry Tree Production intern, for which she will be working on the third issue of the journal. During Spring 2016, she served as the Literary House Press Intern during which she assisted greatly in the editing and publishing of Still Life with Poem: Contemporary Natures Mortes in Verse (LHP, 2016). She loves poetry, memoir, bugs, and puppies.

Caroline was also Production Intern in 2016 for Issue 3 and is serving as Poetry Screener for Issue 4.



Kimberly Q. Andrews, Eric Lorberer, Robert Mooney, Erin Murphy, Peter Turchi, Katherine Wagner, Laura Maylene Walter.