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The 2018 – 2019 Merrill House Writers-in-Residence

We’re pleased to announce our 2018-2019 Merrill House Writers-in-Residence. For more information, visit the Merrill House Writers page.


Christa Romanosky
September – October 2018

Christy Romanosky

Christa Romanosky is a native of northern Appalachia. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Virginia. She is a 2017-2018 Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center fellow in fiction, and is a recipient of a Barbara Deming grant in fiction.


Jordan Jacks
November – December 2018

Jordan Jacks is a writer from Texas. His fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, The Yale Review, Weekday, Territory, and has been featured on The Organist podcast from McSweeney’s/KCRW.

Sigrid Nunez
December 2018 – January 2019

Sigrid Nunez has published seven novels, including A Feather on the Breath of God, The Last of Her Kind, and, most recently, The Friend. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag.

James Longenbach
Spring 2019

James Longenbach is the author of five books of poems, most recently Earthling, a finalist for the 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest book of criticism, How Poems Get Made, will be out in fall 2018, and his poems and essays appear regularly in The New Yorker, Poetry, and The New York Times Book Review.

Joanna Scott
Spring 2019

Joanna Scott is the author of numerous works of fiction, including The Manikin, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; Various Antidotes: Stories and Arrogance, both finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award; and the critically acclaimed Make Believe, Tourmaline, Liberation, and Follow Me. Her most recent novel, Careers for Women, reimagines the life of a 1950s female executive.

June 2019: Yale Younger Poets Prizewinner

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. Yale University Press will publish his manuscript The Year of Blue Water in April 2019.

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