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J.D. McClatchy

The James Merrill House Committee is deeply saddened by the death of J.D. McClatchy, our longtime advisor and friend, and co-executor of Merrill’s literary estate. Sandy played an important role in preserving Merrill’s legacy in Stonington, CT, and throughout the world, for which we are grateful. We send love and condolences to his husband, Chip […]

Robin Magowan Interviewed by Langdon Hammer

Langdon Hammer, author of James Merrill: Life and Art, interviews Robin Magowan, nephew of James Merrill, at Yale University.

The 2017-2018 Merrill House Writers-in-Residence

    Walter Perrie August 2017 Walter Perrie, born in Lanarkshire in 1949, was educated at the universities of Edinburgh, (M.A. hons philosophy) and Stirling (M.Phil).   Dan Chiasson September 2017 Dan Chiasson is the author of five books, most recently Bicentennial (Knopf, 2014). He is Professor of English at Wellesley College and serves as The New […]

James Merrill House Recognized As National Historic Landmark

Just three years after being listed on the National Register of Historic Places, 107 Water Street, home to James Merrill from 1954 until his death in 1995, has been named a National Historic Landmark, of which there are just over 2,500 in the country. It is among a group of 10 new landmarks that includes properties, like the Merrill House, that honor LGBT history. The […]


In Memoriam Brigit Pegeen Kelly Merrill House Fellow 2000-2001

Dave Clapp

March 22nd, 2016 We’re so sorry to let you know that our friend and wonderful MHC member Dave Clapp succumbed to pancreatic cancer last Thursday night after a courageous fight. He died peacefully with his wife Susie, son Henry and daughter-in-law Kathleen with him at home while listening to Chopin Nocturnes. His son Sam, who […]

Two Former Merrill House Fellows Return to Stonington

July 1st, 2015 Thanks to a generous gift from Jeff and Lynn Callahan, we are pleased to welcome two former fellows back to Stonington this month. The two writers, selected from the alumni of the program by random drawing, have each been granted a week-long stay in the James Merrill House. Peter Hawkins arrives in Stonington today, and Anna Noyes […]

Carl Phillips chooses Noah Warren as 2015 Yale Series of Younger Poets Winner

March 29th, 2015 New Haven—Yale University Press is pleased to announce a winner in the 2015 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. The judge, prize-winning and critically acclaimed poet Carl Phillips, has chosen Noah Warren’s manuscript, THE DESTROYER IN THE GLASS. Series judge Carl Phillips says: “THE DESTROYER IN THE GLASS impresses at once with […]

Jeffrey Eugenides Unveils New Work at Annual James Merrill Lecture

March 26th, 2015 Novelist Jeffrey Eugenides addressed a record crowd during the 10th Annual James Merrill Lecture in September. Eugenides started by expressing gratitude to the Ingram Merrill Foundation — which Merrill set up to help artists, musicians and writers — for bestowing a grant early in his career, when it made a significant difference to him. He went on […]

From “Eye Sore” to Treasure: James Merrill House Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

March 12th, 2015 IN THE Book of Ephraim, James Ingram Merrill jokingly refers to 107 Water Street as the “old eye sore,” but in August 2013 the late-Victorian building received official recognition of its significance to Stonington Village and beyond with a listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The honor imposes no restrictions on maintenance or use. Rather, it only confirms […]