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Rose O’Neill Literary House

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rose o'neill literary houseIn 2011, the Rose O’Neill Literary House at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland established a month-long writing residency, awarded annually to a Cave Canem fellow. To date, recipients include Arisa White, Kevin Vaughn, Yona Harvey, Jamaal May, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Darrel Alejandro Holnes and Laura Swearingen-Steadwell.

2019 Residency
The selected fellow will receive a $1,000 stipend; and enjoy the use of a private, single-family residence situated on a quiet street directly across from campus and a short walk from Lit House, the college library, a farmers market and local shops.

During the residency, the fellow will give a public reading as part of the annual Summer Poetry Salon Series and have the option of a private manuscript consultation with the Interim Director of Lit House, poet James Allen Hall. Within one month of completing the program, the resident is required to submit to Cave Canem a one-page evaluative report. 

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:

The Rose O’Neill Literary House Washington College

300 Washington Avenue

Chestertown, MD 21620

ATTN: James Allen Hall

Applications must be postmarked by March 15, 2019. The selected applicant will be notified no later than Thursday, March 31, 2019. Lit House staff will vet applications.

Within one month of completing the residency, selected participant is required to submit a one-page evaluative report to Cave Canem.

“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


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 JunotDíaz, Eduardo Corral, Natasha Tretheway, Claudia Rankine, Justin Torres, IdraNovey 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 Elizabeth Bryant at with the subject line, “Rose O’Neill.”