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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.

  

Lindsay Lusby

LINDSAY LUSBY: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Lindsay Lusby is the author of the poetry collection Catechesis: a postpastoral (The University of Utah Press, 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 Gulf Coast, The Cincinnati Review, Passages North, The Account, and North Dakota Quarterly. 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 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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Our 2020 Conference Interns

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