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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.


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.






Lindsay Lusby


Lindsay Lusby is 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, judged by Joyelle McSweeney. Her poems have appeared most recently in Passages North, The Account, North Dakota QuarterlyTinderbox Poetry JournalFairy Tale Review, and elsewhere. Her visual poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Dream Pop Press and Duende. With Jehanne Dubrow, she has co-edited two poetry anthologies from the Literary House Press: The Book of Scented Things (2014) and Still Life with Poem (2016). 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



Julie 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. During her senior year, she served as Editor-in-Chief of The Collegian, the student-run arts and literary magazine. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society, and was one of six finalists for the Sophie Kerr Prize. Her poetry 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.



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 2018 Summer Interns

Gabby Rente

Gabby Rente ’20

Tamia Williams

Tamia Williams ’21

Our 2018 Conference Interns

MacKenzie Brady

MacKenzie Brady ’21

Leslie Collins

Leslie Collins ’19

Heber Guerra-Recinos

Hebs Guerra-Recinos ’20

Justin Nash

Justin Nash ’21

Vanessa Rupertus

Lonessa Rupertus ’21

Mary Sprague

Mary Sprague ’20

Hannah Wampler

Hannah Wampler ’19

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