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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 KeseyROY 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 Creative Writing.

James HallJAMES ALLEN HALL: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

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. A second book of poems, Romantic Comedy, won the 2020 Levis Prize and is forthcoming from Four Way Books. He is also the author of  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. 


FRAMBER TALIANCICH: CONFERENCE COORDINATOR

Amber Taliancich is from the Mississippi Gulf Coast and earned her MFA from the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts in Cleveland, Ohio. She's the winner of the Leonard Trawick Prize for fiction. Her essays and short stories have appeared in Ninth Letter, The Pinch, Entropy, Hobart, Pithead Chapel, and elsewhere.  




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CONFERENCE INTERNS: 

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 on the final day of the Conference.