Writer in Residence Program

The James Merrill House Writer-in-Residence Program offers several residencies.

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 one 4-1/2 month residency between mid-January and the end of May, and three or four shorter residencies of 2 to 6 weeks during the months between Labor Day and mid-January.

Apply for a Residency

Applications for the Writer-in-Residence Program are currently closed. We wish to thank all who applied for the 2019-2020 residency period. Those interested in applying for 2020-2021 should check this website for guidelines when our submission period reopens in October 2019.

Applications Closed

The Merrill House Committee works to preserve James Merrill’s residence

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 ask residents to present a reading of their work during their time here.

We can also assist in arranging workshops, school appearances, or other literary activities in the community.

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In the past, this has included workshops for interested members of the community:

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 or four shorter residencies. These 2-6 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.

Merrill House Writers

Current Writer

Yanyi

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.

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Future Writers

Learn about the writers who will be spending residency with us in the upcoming months.

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Past Writers

Find information and selected works of the Merrill House’s past fellows.

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