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Merrill House Presents: James Merrill at Home, with Rachel Carley
Feb
2
5:00 PM17:00

Merrill House Presents: James Merrill at Home, with Rachel Carley

Architectural Historian Rachel Carley discusses "James Merrill at Home."  

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Photograph of James Merrill courtesy of the Stonington Historical Society Rollie McKenna Collection.

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Merrill House Presents: Sigrid Nunez
Jan
12
5:00 PM17:00

Merrill House Presents: Sigrid Nunez

Sigrid Nunez reads from her work, with a reception and signing to follow. Nunez is the author of the novels Salvation CityThe Last of Her KindA Feather on the Breath of God, and For Rouenna, among others. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag and The Friend. She has been the recipient of several awards, including a Whiting Award, the Rome Prize in Literature, a Berlin Prize fellowship, and the National Book Award. She lives in New York City.

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Merrill House Presents: Karin Roffman & Willard Spiegelman on John Ashbery
Aug
31
6:00 PM18:00

Merrill House Presents: Karin Roffman & Willard Spiegelman on John Ashbery

James Merrill House invites you to attend Karin Roffman and Willard Spiegelman in a conversation about the great American poet John Ashbery (1927-2017). Karin Roffman recently published the first biography of American poet John Ashbery, The Songs We Know Best: John Ashbery's Early Life.  She is a senior lecturer in Humanities and English at Yale University. Willard Spiegelman is the Hughes Professor of English, Emeritus, at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and now a Stonington resident. A scholar of English and American poetry, he is also a regular contributor to the arts pages of The Wall Street Journal.

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Exclusive Preview Screening of CROOKED HOUSE A new film based on Agatha Christie's novel
Nov
19
2:00 PM14:00

Exclusive Preview Screening of CROOKED HOUSE A new film based on Agatha Christie's novel

Film starts promptly at 2 pm; doors open at 1:30

Mystic Luxury Cinemas

27 Coogan Blvd, Mystic CT

Reception to follow at Jealous Monk

Tickets $25 each

Seats are limited and can be purchased in advance only

All proceeds benefit the James Merrill Museum & 

Writer-in-Residence Program

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Novelist and former Merrill Fellow Julia Glass reads from her work
Oct
20
6:00 PM18:00

Novelist and former Merrill Fellow Julia Glass reads from her work

Julia Glass is the author of six books of fiction, notably the best-selling Three Junes, winner of the National Book Award; I See You Everywhere, winner of the John Gardner Fiction Book Award; and A House Among the Trees, released this summer. Other published works include Chairs in the Rafters and essays in several anthologies. In addition to being a Merrill Fellow in Fall 2015, she is a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. Currently a Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Emerson College, and co-founder of the Twenty Summers arts center in Provincetown, she lives with her family in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

 

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James Merrill House Presents: Louise Gluck
Jun
4
5:00 PM17:00

James Merrill House Presents: Louise Gluck

Louise Glück is the author of thirteen books of poems and a previous collection of essays. Her many awards include the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Bollingen Prize for Poetry, the National Humanities Medal, the Gold Medal for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets. She teaches at Yale University and Stanford University and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

 

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Mark Wunderlich Reads from His Work
Apr
9
5:00 PM17:00

Mark Wunderlich Reads from His Work

Mark Wunderlich is the author of three collections of poems, the most recent of
which is The Earth Avails (Graywolf Press, 2014), which received the Rilke Prize
and which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award.  His other books include
Voluntary Servitude, also by Graywolf, and The Anchorage, which received the Lambda
Literary Award.  He is the recipient of fellowships from the NEA, the Massachusetts
Cultural Council, the Wallace Stegner Fellowship Program, Civitella Ranieri Foundation
among others.  His work has appeared in the New York Times MagazineSlatePoetry,
Paris ReviewThe New RepublicThe Stranger and elsewhere.  He teaches writing
and literature at Bennington College in Vermont, and lives in New York’s Hudson
Valley.

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Meet Spring Merrill Fellow Mark Wunderlich
Jan
30
5:00 PM17:00

Meet Spring Merrill Fellow Mark Wunderlich

Mark Wunderlich is the author of three collections of poems, the most recent of which is The Earth Avails (Graywolf Press, 2014), which received the Rilke Prize and which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award.  His other books include Voluntary Servitude, also by Graywolf, and The Anchorage, which received the Lambda Literary Award.  He is the recipient of fellowships from the NEA, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Wallace Stegner Fellowship Program, Civitella Ranieri Foundation among others.  His work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Slate, Poetry, Paris Review, The New Republic, The Stranger and elsewhere.  He teaches writing and literature at Bennington College in Vermont, and lives in New York's Hudson Valley. 

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Caoilinn Hughes Reads from her Work
Jan
7
5:00 PM17:00

Caoilinn Hughes Reads from her Work

Caoilinn Hughes is an Irish writer whose poetry collection, Gathering Evidence (Carcanet Press 2014), won The Irish Times Shine/Strong Award and the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award, and was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Prize for Best First Collection 2015. An extract from her novel-in-progress appears in the Spring 2016 issue of Tin House. She has been Visiting Writer at Maastricht University in The Netherlands since 2014.

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Jennifer Clarvoe Reads from her Work
Dec
3
5:00 PM17:00

Jennifer Clarvoe Reads from her Work

Jennifer Clarvoe’s first book of poems, Invisible Tender, won the Poets Out Loud Prize and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Her second book, Counter-Amores, was published in 2011 by University of Chicago Press. She has taught at Harvard Summer School, Wellesley, Boston University, and in the MFA Program at the University of California at Irvine. A recipient of the Rome Prize in Literature, she currently lives in Ohio and teaches at Kenyon College.

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Catherine Pond Reads from her Work
Oct
22
5:00 PM17:00

Catherine Pond Reads from her Work

Catherine Pond is a poet from Alpharetta, Georgia. She currently lives in Brooklyn and teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology. She is Assistant Director of the New York State Summer Writers Institute and co-editor of the online magazine, Two Peach, alongside Julia Anna Morrison. Her manuscript Fieldglass was a 2015 finalist for the Kathryn A. Morton First Book Prize given by Sarabande Books. Her poems and prose have appeared in Boston ReviewSalmagundiThe Los Angeles Review of BooksThe Antioch Review, and other journals.

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September Merrill Fellow Nate Klug Reads From His Work
Sep
17
5:00 PM17:00

September Merrill Fellow Nate Klug Reads From His Work

Nate Klug is the author of Rude Woods, a modern translation of Virgil's Eclogues (The Song Cave, 2013), and Anyone, a book of poems (University of Chicago Press, 2015).  Born in Minneapolis, he grew up in Massachusetts and studied literature at the University of Chicago and theology at Yale.  A Congregationalist minister, he has served churches in Connecticut, Iowa, and the California Bay Area, where he currently lives.  He is working on poems, translations, and essays.  

 

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James Merrill House presents author Julia Glass
Oct
24
5:00 PM17:00

James Merrill House presents author Julia Glass

Julia Glass is the author of the novels And the Dark Sacred Night, The Widower’s TaleThe Whole World Over, and the National Book Award–winning Three Junes, as well as the Kindle Single “Chairs in the Rafters.” Her third book,  I See You Everywhere, a collection of linked stories, won the 2009 SUNY John Gardner Fiction Award. She has also won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

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Merrill House Author Series: Amy Bloom reads from her work
Oct
3
5:00 PM17:00

Merrill House Author Series: Amy Bloom reads from her work

Amy Bloom is the author of two novels, three collections of short stories, and a nominee for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards, and numerous anthologies here and abroad. She has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, among many other publications, and has won a National Magazine Award. Her most recent novel, Away, was an epic story about a Russian immigrant.   Her recent collection of short stories, Where the God of Love Hangs Out, came out in January 2010.  Her next novel, Lucky Us, (Random House) will be out in early 2014.  She lives in Connecticut and taught at Yale University for the last decade.  She is now Wesleyan University’s Distinguished University Writer in Residence.

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Susan Steinberg Reads from Her Work
Sep
12
5:00 PM17:00

Susan Steinberg Reads from Her Work

Susan Steinberg is the author of Spectacle (Graywolf Press, 2013), a finalist for the L. A. Times Book Prize in fiction; Hydroplane (FC2, 2006); and The End of Free Love (FC2, 2003).  Her stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Conjunctions, The Gettysburg Review, American Short Fiction, Boulevard, The Massachusetts Review, Quarterly West, Denver Quarterly, and other literary magazines. She has been the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a National Magazine Award, and a United States Artists Fellowship.

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Poet Kay Ryan reads from her work
Jul
26
5:00 PM17:00

Poet Kay Ryan reads from her work

Kay Ryan, a past Poet Laureate and former Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets, and the 2015 Merrill Invited Fellow, will read from her work at La Grua on July 26th.  Her many honors include: the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the Union League Poetry Prize, the Maurice English Poetry Award, a MacArthur “Genius Grant,” and the Fred Cody Award for Lifetime Achievement in Community and Literature.

Ryan’s poems and essays have appeared in The New YorkerThe Atlantic, Poetry, The Yale Review, Paris ReviewThe American ScholarThe Threepenny ReviewParnassus, and multiple times in The Best American Poetry anthology, among other journals and anthologies.

J.D. McClatchy has said: “Her poems are compact, exhilarating, strange affairs, like Erik Satie miniatures or Joseph Cornell boxes. She is an anomaly in today’s literary culture: as intense and elliptical as Dickinson, as buoyant and rueful as Frost.”

Ryan was born in California in 1945 and grew up in the small towns of the San Joaquin Valley and the Mojave Desert. She received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from UCLA and currently lives in Northern California. She has a special connection to James Merrill’s legacy as she was also a 1995 recipient of an Ingram Merrill Award, awarded by the foundation he ran during his lifetime to support emerging writers and artists.

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Poetry on the Porch: 2014 Yale Younger Poet Prizewinner Ansel Elkins reads from her work
Jun
13
5:00 PM17:00

Poetry on the Porch: 2014 Yale Younger Poet Prizewinner Ansel Elkins reads from her work

Ansel Elkins’s debut collection of poetry, Blue Yodel, was selected by Carl Phillips as the winner of the 2014 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition (forthcoming in April 2015). Her poems have appeared in AGNI, The Believer, Best New Poets 2011, Ecotone, Guernica, Gulf Coast, the North American Review, the Southern Review, and others.

She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship, an American Antiquarian Society Fellowship, and the “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize. She holds degrees from Sarah Lawrence College and University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Born in rural Alabama, she now lives in North Carolina.

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11th Annual Merrill Lecture with Langdon Hammer
May
9
5:00 PM17:00

11th Annual Merrill Lecture with Langdon Hammer

James Merrill: Life and Art

Langdon Hammer has given us the first biography of the poet James Merrill (1926–95), whose life is surely one of the most fascinating in American literature. Merrill was born to high privilege and high expectations as the son of Charles Merrill, the charismatic cofounder of the brokerage firm Merrill Lynch, and Hellen Ingram, a muse, ally, and antagonist throughout her son’s life. Wounded by his parents’ bitter divorce, he was the child of a broken home, looking for repair in poetry and love. This is the story of a young man escaping, yet also reenacting, the energies and obsessions of those powerful parents. It is the story of a gay man inventing his identity against the grain of American society during the eras of the closet, gay liberation, and AIDS. Above all, it is the story of a brilliantly gifted, fiercely dedicated poet working every day to turn his life into art. 

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Kathleen Winter reads from her work
Jan
10
5:00 PM17:00

Kathleen Winter reads from her work

Kathleen Winter's first collection of poems, Nostalgia for the Criminal Past, was published by Elixir Press in 2012 after winning the Antivenom Poetry Prize. In 2013 the book won the Texas Institute of Letters Bob Bush Memorial Award for a first book of poems. She was awarded residency fellowships by Vermont Studio Center and the Prague Summer Program, and was a winner of the 2010 Seventh Avenue Streetscape Public Arts Project in Phoenix.

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