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The Rose O’Neill

Literary House

Summer Literary Salons

Founded in July 2012, the Summer Literary Salons at The Rose O’Neill Literary House are evenings of literature, music, food, drink, and good conversation. Poets & prose writers are paired with musicians for a night of lively entertainment. The aim of the Literary Salon is to bring together members of the Washington College community, residents of Chestertown and of the Eastern Shore, and a mix of local and nationally-recognized artists. All of our Summer Literary Salons are free and open to the public. Formerly called the Summer Poetry Salons, these Literary Salons now have been expanded to include readings from prose writers, as well as poets. For more information, please contact Director James Allen Hall.

The annual Summer Literary Salon series is made possible with support from the Douglass Wallop Fund.


H.G. Carrillo, David Stuart MacLean, Lynn Melnick, and 2018 Cave Canem Fellow Lauren Russell. 


Kyle Dargan, Piotr Florczyk, Jen Michalski, Janine Joseph, Elizabeth Hazen, and 2017 Cave Canem Fellow Laura Swearingen-Steadwell.


Joseph Harrison, Tess Taylor, Emilia Phillips, Lesley Wheeler, Sarah Blake, and Katey Schultz.


Hugh Martin, TJ Jarrett, Vandana Khanna, Joelle Bielle, Aaron Smith, and 2015 Cave Canem Fellow Kamilah Aisha Moon.


Carrie Jerrell, Will Schutt, Tarfia Faizullah, Julie Enszer, Erika Meitner, Mira Rosenthal, Jason Schneiderman, Yerra Sugarman, Benjamin S. Lowenkron, and 2014 Cave Canem Fellow Jamaal May.


Michelle Chan Brown, Ryan Teitman, Steve Kistulentz, Elana Bell, Sarah Arvio, and 2013 Cave Canem Fellow Yona Harvey.


Sandra Beasley and 2012 Cave Canem Fellow Kevin Vaughn.