Rose O'Neill Literary House Residency

"What took place was nothing short of an awakening. I thought I needed time to work on my second manuscript, but what I really needed was time to think beyond it.”Jamaal May, 2014 Fellow in Residence

In 2011, Washington College/Rose O'Neill Literary House established a month-long writing residency, awarded annually to a Cave Canem fellow. To date, recipients include Arisa White, Kevin Vaughn, Yona Harvey and Jamaal May.


2015 Residency
The fellow in residence receives $1,000, and for the month of June, stays in a private single-family residence in historic Chestertown, Maryland. S/he is also a featured reader in the Summer Poetry Salon Series at the Literary House and has the option of a private manuscript consultation with the director of Lit House, poet Jehanne Dubrow. Within one month of completing the program, the resident is required to submit to Cave Canem a one-page evaluative report.

Deadline to apply: Postmark date of March 15, 2015.

Eligibility: Cave Canem fellows who have completed at least two retreats.

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

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

The successful candidate will be notified no later than Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

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 Junot Díaz, Eduardo Corral, Natasha Tretheway, Claudia Rankine, Justin Torres, Idra Novey and Anthony Swofford. Founded in 1970, 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 and the Sophie Kerr Committee, the Lit House hosts a dynamic array of readings, lectures and other student-centered events with writers from across America and around the globe. For more information, visit

Questions? Contact Programs Director Nicole Sealey at with the subject line, “Rose O’Neill Residency.”