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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


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 the poetry collection Catechesis: a postpastoral (The University of Utah Press, June 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



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 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.



Kimberly Quiogue Andrews is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Washington College. A poet and literary critic, she is the author of the chapbook BETWEEN (Finishing Line Press, 2018) and 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 her poems and essays have been published in the Los Angeles Review of Books, ASAP/J, Poetry Northwest, Grist, The Recluse, BOMB, West Branch, and elsewhere.



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.



Alyse Bensel is the author of three chapbooks, most recently Lies to Tell the Body (Seven Kitchens Press, 2018). Her poems have recently appeared in Alaska Quarterly ReviewGulf CoastPleiadesPoetry InternationalWest Branch, and elsewhere. Her fiction and nonfiction have been featured at The BoilerEntropy, and Pithead Chapel. She previously served as the Book Reviews Editor at The Los Angeles Review, and her reviews have appeared in Colorado ReviewPrairie SchoonerLiterary Mama, and Newpages, among many other journals. 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.



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.   



Justin Nash is a sophomore English and Communications double major with minors in Journalism, Editing, & Publishing and Art at Washington College. He is the 2018 Cherry Tree Production intern, for which he will be working on the fifth issue of the journal.



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