In recognition of Merrill’s own contributions to the Stonington community and his longstanding generosity to fellow writers, the fellowship provides living and working space to a writer in search of a quiet setting to complete a project of literary or academic merit.
We offer three 4-week long residencies in the fall and three 6-week long residencies in the winter/ spring/ summer, so the schedule is as follows:
September 2020 (4 weeks) October 2020 (4 weeks) November 2020 (4 weeks) February-mid-March 2021 (6 weeks) April-mid-May 2021 (6 weeks) mid-July-end of August 2021 (6 weeks)
in Stonington CT as a tribute to him and a cultural asset to the local community. In this spirit, the Committee wishes writers-in-residence to be enriched by and also to enrich the community of Stonington.
We can also assist in arranging workshops, school appearances, or other literary activities in the community.Learn about Living in the James Merrill House
Small discussion groups, a class at a local school, and reading by guest writers of the fellow’s choosing. We encourage applicants to devise their own contributions as imaginatively as they are inclined.
The Merrill House Committee has adjusted the fall residency periods to include three shorter residencies. These 4 week residencies are an effort to make the James Merrill House Writer-in-Residence Program available to a greater number of qualified candidates.
The specific dates of these brief residencies will be determined according to the needs of the Merrill House Committee and the applicants. The Writer-in-Residence program includes a stipend of $1,000 per month, pro-rated according to length of stay.
Yanyi is a poet and critic based in Brooklyn. Winner of the 2018 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition, he is currently an Asian American Writers Workshop Margins Fellow and associate editor at Foundry. He formerly served as Director of Technology and Design at The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, senior editor at Nat. Brut, and curatorial assistant at he Poetry Project, and was the recipient of a 2015 Emerging Poets Fellowship from Poets House. His work has recently appeared in The Margins, Memorious, and Model View Culture. Yale University Press will publish his manuscript The Year of Blue Water in April 2019.Learn More