Annual James Merrill Lectures

September 2018

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham reads and speaks about her work.

September 2017

Reading from her Work

Claudia Rankine, Poet, Playwright, and Editor, reads from her work.

May 2015

James Merrill: Life and Art

Langdon Hammer, Professor, Editor, and Biographer, presents on James Merrill.

September 2014

Reading from his Work

Jeffrey Eugenides, Novelist and Essayist, reads from his work.

May 2013

Readings on Family

Anne Fadiman, Author, Essayist, Editor and Teacher, presents readings on family.

June 2012

Wallace Stevens: Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction

Helen Vendler, professor of English at Harvard University presents, “Wallace Stevens: Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction.”

May 2011

A Story of Friendship

Presented by Edmund White, Novelist, Memoirist, Biographer, and Professor of Creative Writing at Princeton University.

June 2010

Fate of a Left-Handed Faith Healer

Alan Gurganus, Novelist, Short Story Writer, and Essayist, reads from his new novel, Fate of a Left-Handed Faith Healer.

May 2009

The Four Fingers of Death

Author Rick Moody reads from his new novel, The Four Fingers of Death.

May 2008

Lyric Poetry and the First Person Plural: The Example of Elizabeth Bishop

Presented by Bonnie Costello, Professor of English at Boston University, Author and Critic.

May 2007

From Stage Set to Heirloom: Greece in the Work of James Merrill

Presented by Rachel Hadas, Board of Governors & Professor of English at Rutgers University, Poet, Essayist and Translator.

May 2006

The Hour Glass and the Mirror: James Merrill and His Poetry as First Encountered

Presented by John Hollander, Professor Emeritus of English at Yale University, Poet and Author.

May 2005

James Merrill in Stonington: The Winter of “The Summer People”

Presented by Langdon Hammer, Professor of English at Yale University, James Merrill Biographer and Writer-in-Residence in the Spring of 2008.