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Rose O'Neill Literary House

We are one of the cultural hubs of the campus. We offer literary programming across disciplines, spaces to study and to hold class, professional mentorship and guidance for students, and training in new and antique printing technologies. Our job is to help students grow as artists and to envision the lives they can have as writers, editors, and publishers, once they graduate from Washington College.   


Each year, The Rose O’Neill Literary House offers two themed semesters of programming. Recent themes include “The Verbal & the Visual” and “Queer Voices.” In 2019-2020, the Literary House will host readings and talks by guests Rebecca Makkai, R. Eric Thomas, Monica Ferrell, Kate Bernheimer, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Jonathan Segal and Paul Hendrickson, and Kathryn Nuernberger, and the theme for the spring semester of programming is “Writers as Editors.” The Literary House also partners with the English Department and the Sophie Kerr Committee to host the Sophie Kerr Lecture Series, which includes visits by poets, fiction and nonfiction writers, scholars, and imaginative thinkers from across disciplines