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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 2019 Cave Canem Residency at The Rose O’Neill Literary House, applications will be accepted if postmarked by March 15, 2019. The winning candidate will be notified no later than March 31, 2019.



Lauren Russell Credit: Heather Kresge

Lauren Russell is the author of What’s Hanging on the Hush (Ahsahta, 2017). A Cave Canem graduate fellow, she was the 2014-2015 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the 2016 VIDA Fellow to the Home School, and a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow in poetry. She is a research assistant professor and is assistant director of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics at the University of Pittsburgh.

Lauren Russell was in-residence at Washington College from Friday, June 1 - Saturday, June 30, 2018.





2017 - Laura Swearingen-Steadwell

2016 - Darrel Alejandro Holnes

2015 - Kamilah Aisha Moon

2014 - Jamaal May

2013 - Yona Harvey

2012 – Kevin Vaughn

2011 – Arisa White