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The Rose O'Neill


Literary House

Conference Staff

The Cherry Tree Young Writers’ Conference is run by the staff of the Rose O’Neill Literary House as well as by some of Washington College’s most talented undergraduate creative writers: the Conference Interns.

Roy KeseyROY KESEY: DIRECTOR

Roy Kesey is the author of two novels, two short story collections, and a historical guidebook. He is also the translator of Pola Oloixarac’s novels Savage Theories (Entropía/Soho Press) and Dark Constellations (Literatura Random House/Soho Press). He has won an NEA grant for fiction and a PEN/Heim grant for translation. His work has appeared in over a hundred magazines and anthologies, including Best American Short Stories and the Norton anthologies New Sudden Fiction and New Micro. He is the Associate Director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House at Washington College, where he serves as associate editor for Cherry Tree

 

 

 

James Allen HallJAMES ALLEN HALL: CONFERENCE  COORDINATOR

James Allen Hall is the author of Now You’re the Enemy, a book of poems that won awards from the Texas Institute, the Lambda Literary Foundation, and the Fellowship of Southern Writers.  His poems have also won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the New York Foundation of the Arts.  He has just published a book of lyric personal essays called I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well.  He is an Associate Professor of English at Washington College and Director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House.

   

Julie ArmstrongJULIA ARMSTRONG: ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Julia Armstrong graduated from Washington College in 2015 with a BA in English and creative writing. She now works for her alma mater as the administrative assistant for the Rose O’Neill Literary House. In 2017, she was awarded an Individual Artist Grant in poetry from the Maryland State Arts Council. Her work has appeared in RHINO and is forthcoming in Gulf Stream.

 

 

 

 

 

Mallory Smith

MALLORY SMITH: CONFERENCE GRADUATE FELLOW

Mallory Smith is a second-year MFA candidate at the University of Florida. A former member of the board of directors of the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo), Mallory is the winner of the Jude and Miriam Pfister Poetry Prize 2018 and was a finalist for the Sophie Kerr Prize.

 

 

 

 

 

CONFERENCE INTERNS: 

Five to nine current Washington College students are selected, through a competitive application process, to serve as Conference Interns; they will attend creative writing workshops, participate in a special Interns’ reading, and work closely with Conference participants.

Our 2020 Summer Interns

Isabelle Anderson

Isabelle Anderson ’22

Liane Beckley

Liane Beckley ’21

Teddy Friedline

Teddy Friedline ’22

 

Our 2020 Conference Interns

Emma Campbell '22

Emma Campbell ’22

Victoria Gill '21

Victoria Gill ’21

Justin Nash '21

Justin Nash ’21