She 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.
Lorrie Moore is the author of three novels and four collections of stories as well as the editor of several anthologies. Moore has received honors for her work, among them the Irish Times International Prize for Literature, a Lannan Foundation fellowship, as well as the PEN/Malamud Award and the Rea Award for her achievement in the short story.
Kay Ryan is the sixteenth Poet Laureate of the United States (2008 – 2010) 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.
Stephen Yenser was the first invited Merrill Summer Fellow, a residency established to honor former James Merrill House Committee Chair Lynn Callahan’s many contributions to the James Merrill House Committee.