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 & POETRY EDITOR: 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-IN-CHIEF & 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.
MANAGING EDITOR: 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 The Cincinnati Review, Passages North, The Account, North Dakota Quarterly, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal. 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.
CREATIVE NONFICTION EDITOR: EMMA SOVICH
Emma Sovich’s first full-length collection of poetry, Wendy Rebinding Wendy, won the Bryant-Lisembee Book Prize from 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.
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: JULIA ARMSTRONG
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 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.
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.
SENIOR POETRY READER: 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.
We published two of Alyse’s incredible poems in Issue 5, then invited her aboard the staff in 2019, starting with Issue 6.
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 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.
Abby Wargo is a senior English major with minors in creative writing and journalism, editing & publishing at Washington College. Abby has served as Editor-in-Chief of The Elm, WC’s student newspaper, since 2018. She is the 2019 Cherry Tree production intern for the journal’s sixth issue.
Justin Nash is a junior studying English, communication and media, and studio art at Washington College. His essay, “Moments Suggesting This Body Does Not Always Belong to Me,” was named a runner-up for the 2018 Norton Writer’s Prize. He is the managing editor of the college’s liberal arts journal, the Washington College Review; assistant editor of the college’s student literary journal, The Collegian; and a nonfiction screener for Cherry Tree.
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