Rose O'Neill Literary House Residency

In 2011, Washington College/Rose O'Neill Literary House established a month-long residency, awarded annually to a Cave Canem fellow. The fellow receives $1,000 and, for the month of June, stays in a private single-family residence in historic Chestertown, Maryland. The Rose O'Neill Literary House fellow has no duties, either administrative or teaching, and is invited to serve as a featured reader in the Summer Poetry Salon Series at the Literary House.

Located on Maryland's Eastern Shore, Washington College is routinely visited by poets, graphic novelists, playwrights, rock critics, investigative journalists, and studio artists for events, symposia, and fellowships. Recent guests include John Barth, Junot Díaz, Nuruddin Farah, Neil Gaiman, Philip Gourevitch, Claudia Rankine, Patricia Smith, Hannah Tinti, and Natasha Tretheway. The Rose O'Neill House was founded by Washington College English Professor emeritus Robert Day in 1970. The creative writing culture so much in evidence at the Rose O'Neill Literary House is grounded in Washington College's historic commitment to fostering a vibrant writing community. In collaboration with the English Department, the Sophie Kerr Committee, and the PEN World Voices Festival, the LitHouse hosts a dynamic array of readings, lectures and student-centered workshops with writers from across America and around the globe. For more information, visit

2013 Fellow in Residence: Yona Harvey
I am grateful for the space away from my regular home and routine, which allowed me the time and freedom to write.

To apply: Send a brief statement of purpose, CV and ten‐page writing sample to the address below.

ATTN: Jehanne Dubrow
The Rose O’Neill Literary House
Washington College
300 Washington Avenue
Chestertown, MD 21620

The deadline to apply is March 15, 2014. To be eligible, you must have participated in at least two Cave Canem retreats.

Call Nicole Sealey at 718.858.000 with any questions you may have about the residency or the application process.