Roy Kesey

  • Associate Director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House; Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing

Contact Information


Office Hours

T/Th 2:30-3:30 p.m., and by appointment

Roy Kesey’s latest book is the short story collection Any Deadly Thing (Dzanc Books, 2013). He’s also the author of the novel Pacazo (the January 2011 selection for The Rumpus Book Club, and winner of Word Riot’s 2012 Paula Anderson Book Award), the short story collection All Over (a finalist for the 2008 Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award, and one of The L Magazine’s Best Books of the Decade), the novella Nothing in the World (winner of the 2005 Bullfight Media Little Book Award), and a historical guide to the city of Nanjing, China. 

He has won an NEA grant for fiction and a PEN/Heim grant for translation. His translation of Pola Oloixarac’s debut novel Savage Theories (Entropía/Soho Press) was shortlisted for 2018 BTB award (University of Rochester/Three Percent) and the 2018 Tournament of Books (The Morning News). His translation of her novel Dark Constellations (Literatura Random House/Soho Press) is forthcoming in April 2019.

His work has appeared in numerous anthologies including Best American Short Stories, the Norton anthologies New Sudden Fiction and New Micro, The Robert Olen Butler Prize Anthology and The Future Dictionary of America, and in more than a hundred magazines including McSweeney’s, Subtropics, Buensalvaje, and American Short Fiction.


MFA, Creative Writing (Fiction). Queens University of Charlotte. 2018.

BA, English. Washington College. 1991.

Certificate of Completion of Studies, Philosophy. Oxford University. 1990.


VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR. Washington College. September 2016-present.

Recent courses taught include 400-level Creative Writing workshops and 200-level English Literature seminars. I currently curate the Literary House & Sophie Kerr Living Writers Reading Series, and edit fiction for Cherry Tree.

CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS AND LECTURES. 1995-present. Venues and sponsors have included the University of Akron, Desert Nights Writers Conference at Arizona State University, PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools Program, the Montgomery County Correctional Facility, Barrelhouse Workshops at Johns Hopkins University, JTCC Literary Festival, McNeese State University, The Gunston School, U.C. Riverside MFA Fall Residency, University of Massachusetts Juniper Literary Festival, WORD Books, West Virginia University, AWP, Summer Literary Seminars, Beijing International Literary Festival, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Iowa Bedell Nonfiction Conference, University of Michigan, and the UIBE English Festival.

WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE. Washington College. September-December 2015.  Responsibilities included a 400-level Creative Writing workshop, a reading, and a craft talk.

VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR. University of Applied Sciences of Peru, Lima. 2011-12. Courses taught included Composition and Phonetics.

VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR. University of Piura, Lima. 2000-03, 2009-12. Courses taught included Composition and Business English.

CREATIVE WRITING INSTRUCTOR. Downtown Writers Center. Syracuse, NY. 2008-09.

CREATIVE WRITING INSTRUCTOR. Beijing Bookworm, Beijing, China. 2007-08.

VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR. University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China. 2004-07. Courses taught included American Literature and Composition.

VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR. Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola, Lima, Peru. 2002. Courses taught included Business English.

ACADEMIC DIRECTOR, Language Center, University of Piura, Lima Campus. 2000-02.

ACADEMIC DIRECTOR, Language Center, University of Piura. 1996-2000.

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR. University of Piura, Peru. 1995-2000. Courses taught included English Literature, Literary Theory, and Composition.

CREATIVE WRITING INSTRUCTOR. Mendocino College, Lakeport, CA. 1994.

LECTURER. University of Paris XII, France. 1991-93. Courses taught included English Literature, British and American Educational Systems, Contemporary American Civilization, Composition.

VISITING LECTURER. Vilnius Pedagogical College, Lithuania. 1990. American Literature.

Professional Experience


Fiction Editor, Cherry Tree2016-present.

Guest Editor, Ninth Letter Literary Award in Fiction, 2016.

Contributing EditorBuensalvaje2012-present.

Freelance EditorFiction and nonfiction. 2007-present.

Guest JudgePrime Number 53-Word Story Contest, sponsored by Press 53. March 2014.

Guest EditorSmokelong Quarterly, December 2013.

Contributing EditorEtiqueta Negra. 2008-2010.

Guest JudgeJoyce Carol Oates Award, Syracuse University Fiction Contest. March 2009.

EditorIn Production Mode: Contemporary Art in China, by Pauline J. Yao. Winner of the Chinese Contemporary Art Critic Award. CCAA/Timezone 8 Books, September 2008.


Spanish to English, French to English.

Academic and Commercial Clients: Turner Books, Solar S.A.C., the Ministry of Education of Spain, Seguros Rímac, Seguros Pacífico, PromPerú, APREC, Universidad de Piura, Inkaterra Peru SAC, Cometa, the Consulate General of Peru in Washington DC, Jorge Salinas, Corporación Lindley, Nestlé, Cavali, the Foreign Ministry of Peru, Banco Santander, Apia XXI, the Peruvian Embassy in Beijing.

Literary Clients: Dark Constellations, Pola Oloixarac (Soho Press, forthcoming 2019). Savage Theories, Pola Oloixarac (Soho Press, 2017). Juan Pablo Villalobos, essay,