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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 will join us on July 8th.


Peter Hawkins, who was the very first writer-in-residence at the Merrill House (1995-1996), is Professor of Religion and Literature at Yale Divinity School. He is known for his work on Dante, including Dante’s Testaments: Essays on Scriptural Imagination (winner of a 2001 AAR Book Prize), The Poets’ Dante: Twentieth-Century Reflections (2001), co-edited with Rachel Jacoff, and Dante: A Brief History (2006). For more information about Peter Hawkins and his work, please visit his full biography, and hear him speak on religion and literature in this video.



Anna Noyes is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a recipient of the Henfield Prize for Fiction. Her stories have appeared in VICEA Public Space, and Guernica, amongst others. She has received the Aspen Words Emerging Writer Fellowship, and has served as writer-in-residence at the Polli Talu Arts Center in Estonia. Her debut short story collection, Goodnight, Beautiful Women, is forthcoming from Grove Press. For a sample of her work, read her story “Becoming,” available online at Guernica.



Anna Noyes


We are excited to welcome Peter Hawkins and Anna Noyes back to the James Merrill House, and to have this chance to renew old connections.

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