The Cherry Tree Young Writers’ Conference is run by the staff of the Rose O’Neill
Literary House, with the help of some of Washington College’s most talented undergraduate
creative writers: the Conference Interns.
ROY KESEY: CONFERENCE DIRECTOR
Roy Kesey’s latest books are the short story collection Any Deadly Thing (Dzanc Books), the novel Pacazo (Dzanc Books/Jonathan Cape), and his translations of Pola Oloixarac’s novels Savage Theories and Dark Constellations (Soho Press). He is the winner of an NEA grant for fiction and a PEN/Heim grant for translation. His short stories, essays, translations and poems have appeared in over a hundred magazines and anthologies, including Best American Short Stories and New Sudden Fiction.
Roy currently serves as Associate Director of the Rose O'Neill Literary House, Associate
Editor of Cherry Tree, Director of the Cherry Tree Young Writers' Conference, and Lecturer in English and
JAMES ALLEN HALL: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
James Allen Hall (he/they) 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. A second book of poems, Romantic Comedy, won the 2020 Levis Prize and is forthcoming from Four Way Books. They are also the
author of a book of lyric personal essays called I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well. They are an Associate Professor of English at Washington College and Director of
the Rose O’Neill Literary House.
AMBER TALIANCICH: CONFERENCE COORDINATOR
All of our Conference Interns are Washington College students. They work closely with conference participants in the creative writing workshops, lectures, and craft talks. They are in charge of runnning many of the evening activities, staffing a panel and presentation, and holding their own reading during the Conference.