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The Rose O’Neill

Literary House

Cave Canem Residency

The Rose O’Neill Literary House partners with Cave Canem to provide a month-long residency in historic Chestertown, Maryland annually to one Cave Canem Fellow. Cave Canem’s mission is to serve as “a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets.”

The Cave Canem Residency at The Rose O’Neill Literary House is a program that offers the Fellow the uninterrupted time and space to focus solely on their writing projects for a full month. The Fellow is awarded the use of a private, single-family residence for the entire month of June, along with a $1000 honorarium for living expenses. 

Applicants should send a brief statement of purpose, a CV, and a 10-page poetry sample to Director James Allen Hall:

The Rose O’Neill Literary House

Washington College

300 Washington Avenue

Chestertown, Maryland 21620


For the 2020 Cave Canem Residency at The Rose O’Neill Literary House, applications will be accepted if postmarked by March 15, 2020. The winning candidate will be notified no later than March 31, 2020.



David Mills

David Mills holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College, where he received a Holden Fellowship. He is the author of two poetry collections, the second, The Sudden Country, was a book-prize finalist. He has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Breadloaf, and Cave Canem. His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Crab Orchard Review, Fence, Rattapallax and Drunken Boat. He has also recorded his poetry on RCA Records, had a play produced by the Juilliard School of Drama, and had poems displayed at the Venice Biennale. He lived as writer-in-residence in Langston Hughes’s landmark home.

David Mills will be in-residence at Washington College from Saturday, June 1 - Sunday, June 30, 2019.



2018 - Lauren Russell

2017 - Laura Swearingen-Steadwell

2016 - Darrel Alejandro Holnes

2015 - Kamilah Aisha Moon

2014 - Jamaal May

2013 - Yona Harvey

2012 - Kevin Vaughn

2011 - Arisa White