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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 the poetry collection Catechesis: a postpastoral (The University of Utah Press, forthcoming 2019), winner of the Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize, judged by Kimiko Hahn. She is also 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. Her poems have appeared most recently in The Cincinnati Review, Passages North, The Account, North Dakota Quarterly, and Tinderbox Poetry Journal. Her visual poems have appeared in Dream Pop Press and Duende. 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 Armstrong graduated from Washington College in 2015 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. In 2017, she was awarded an Individual Artist Grant in poetry from the Maryland State Arts Council. Her poetry has appeared in RHINO




Mallory Smith


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.








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 2019 Summer Intern: MacKenzie Brady ’21

MacKenzie Brady '21


Our 2019 Conference Interns

Isabelle Anderson '22

Isabelle Anderson ’22

Mark Cooley

Mark Cooley ’21

Heber Guerra-Recinos

Heber Guerra-Recinos ’20

Nicole Hatfield

Nicole Hatfield ’21

Julia Manaraze

Julia Manaraze ’21

Liv Montes

Liv Montes ’22

Justin Nash

Justin Nash ’21

Lonessa Rupertus

Lonessa Rupertus ’21

Victoria Gill

Victoria Gill ’21