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Laura Swearingen-Steadwell awarded 2017 Cave Canem Residency

  • Laura Swearingen-Steadwell
    Laura Swearingen-Steadwell

Location: Rose O’Neill Literary House

April 18, 2017
The Rose O’Neill Literary House has awarded this year’s Cave Canem Residency to Laura Swearingen-Steadwell.

In June 2017, the Rose O’Neill Literary House will welcome Laura to Chestertown for a month-long writer’s retreat. She was selected from this year’s pool of applicants as the winner of the Literary House’s 2017 Cave Canem Summer Residency

While most of her time will be spent working on her own writing projects and quietly exploring the town, Laura will also be a part of our second Summer Poetry Salon on Tuesday, June 27 at 4:30PM, sharing the stage with fiction writer Jen Michalski.

Laura Swearingen-Steadwell is a poet and editor living in Brooklyn. She won the 2016 Cave Canem Northwestern University Poetry Prize, and her second book, All Blue So Late, will be published by Northwestern University Press in November. She is a Cave Canem and Callaloo Fellow, and a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.

The Cave Canem Summer Residency at The Rose O’Neill Literary House is a partnership with Cave Canem, the nation’s preeminent organization for young African American poets. Cave Canem’s mission is to serve as “a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets.” Our Cave Canem Summer Residency is a month-long Chestertown retreat offered annually to one outstanding former Cave Canem Fellow. Previous Summer Residents include poets Darrel Alejandro Holnes in 2016, Kamilah Aisha Moon in 2015, and Jamaal May in 2014. 


The Rose O’Neill Literary House at Washington College serves as one of the cultural centers of campus, bringing together students, faculty, alumni, and local community members from across the disciplines. Our literary programming provides access to a wide variety of genres, including fiction, poetry,  creative nonfiction, scholarly prose, playwriting, and hybrid forms; our letterpress studio and Literary House Press introduce participants both to old and new technologies. We are dedicated to promoting the articulated word and to supporting students through professional, on-the-job training.

Last modified on Apr. 18th, 2017 at 4:04pm by Lindsay Lusby.