Merrill House Writers

Current Writer

Keith S. Wilson

Keith S. Wilson is an Affrilachian poet, editor, and game designer. His first collection, Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love, was published this year by Copper Canyon Press.

Future Writers

Nicholas Boggs

Nicholas Boggs is a writer based in New York City. He currently teaches in the English
Department at NYU and is at work on a literary biography of James Baldwin.

Jill Osier

Jill Osier is the winner of the 2019 Yale Younger Poets Prize for her collection The Solace Is Not the Lullaby

Past Writers

Lysley Tenorio

Lysley Tenorio’s stories have appeared in The AtlanticZoetrope: All-StoryPloughsharesManoa, and The Best New American Voices and Pushcart Prize anthologies. A Whiting Writer’s Award winner and a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, he has received fellowships from the University of Wisconsin, Phillips Exeter Academy, Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Matthew Minicucci

Selected by Forrest Gander for the 2019 Stafford/Hall Oregon Book Award for Poetry, Small Gods, Matthew Minicucci’s most recent collection, was also named a Green Rose book for New Issues Press. His first book, Translation, was chosen by Jane Hirshfield for the 2014 Wick Poetry Prize at Kent State University Press.

Gabriella Gage

July-August 2019

Gabriella Gage is a nonfiction writer and journalist born and raised in Somerville, Massachusetts. She holds history degrees from Harvard University (A.B.) and McGill University (M.A.) Her work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Boston Globe, MuckRock, Elle Decor Italia, and she is the former editor-in-chief of Scout Magazines. A 2018-2019 fellow at the Writers’ Room of Boston, she has received grants from the Vermont Studio Center, the Somerville Arts Council, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study’s Carol K. Pforzheimer Fellowship.


June 2019

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Christa Romanosky

September - October 2018

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.

Duy Doan

June 2018: Yale Younger Poets Prizewinner

Duy Doan, the 2017 Yale Younger Poets Prizewinner, is a Vietnamese-American poet from Texas. A Kundiman fellow, he received his MFA in poetry from Boston University. His poems have appeared in SlateThe Cortland ReviewBest Emerging Poets: Stay Thirsty MagazineAmethyst Arsenic, and elsewhere.

Suzanne Rivecca

Spring 2018

Suzanne Rivecca is the author of Death is Not an Option: Stories (W.W. Norton 2010), which won the Rome Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was a finalist for The Story Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and The New York Public Library Young Lions Award.

Mike Alberti

Winter 2017 - 2018

Mike Alberti was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in CrazyhorseFlywayGulf CoastOne Story, and elsewhere.

Maxim Loskutoff

November 2017

Maxim Loskutoff was raised in western Montana. His stories have appeared in The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, Fiction, Narrative, and The Chicago Tribune. His collection Come West and See is forthcoming from W.W. Norton.

D.M. Aderibigbe

October 2017

D.M. Aderibigbe was born in Nigeria. He graduated with a BA in History and Strategic Studies from the University of Lagos in 2014. His chapbook, In Praise of Our Absent Father, was selected for the APBF New Generation African Poets Chapbook Series selection.

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 Yorker’s poetry critic.

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). Since 1975 he has worked as a freelance editor, poet, critic, travel writer and sometime lecturer, giving courses in philosophy and creative writing.

Airea D. Matthews

June 2017: Yale Younger Poets Prizewinner

Airea D. Matthews was awarded the 2016 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize for her manuscript, simulacra. She is currently the Assistant Director of the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she earned her MFA, and the Executive Editor of The Offing, a channel of The Los Angeles Review of Books.

Mark Wunderlich

Spring 2017

Mark Wunderlich is the author of The Earth Avails (Graywolf Press, 2014), winner of the Rilke Prize and finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award. His other works include Voluntary Servitude and The Anchorage, which received the Lambda Literary Award.

Caoilinn Hughes

December 2016 - January 2017

Caoilinn Hughes is an Irish writer. Her poetry collection, Gathering Evidence (Carcanet 2014), won the Irish Times Shine/Strong Award and the Patrick Kavanagh Award, and her debut novel, Orchid & the Wasp, will be published in Spring 2018 by Hogarth (U.S.) and Oneworld (U.K.).

Jennifer Clarvoe

November - December 2016

Jennifer Clarvoe’s first book of poems, Invisible Tender, won the Poets Out Loud Prize and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Her second book, Counter-Amores, was published in 2011 by University of Chicago Press.

Catherine Pond

October 2016

Catherine Pond is a poet from Alpharetta, Georgia, who teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and whose manuscript, Fieldglass, was a 2015 finalist for the Kathryn A. Morton First Book Prize given by Sarabande Books.

Nate Klug

September 2016

Nate Klug is the author of Rude Woods, a modern translation of Virgil’s Eclogues (The Song Cave, 2013), and Anyone, a book of poems (University of Chicago Press, 2015).

Noah Warren

June 2016: Yale Younger Poets Prizewinner

Noah Warren was born in Nova Scotia and grew up in Charlestown, Rhode Island. He is a graduate of Phillips Academy and of Yale, which awarded him the Frederick Mortimer Clapp Fellowship.

Adam Giannelli

Spring 2016

Adam Giannelli’s poems have appeared in the Kenyon Review, New England Review, Yale Review, FIELD, Colorado Review, and elsewhere.

Geri Doran

December 2015 - January 2016

Geri Doran’s first collection, Resin, received the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets and was published by LSU Press.

Terese Svoboda

November 2015

A 2013 Guggenheim Fellow in fiction, Terese Svoboda is the author of six novels, five books of poetry, a memoir and a book of translation from the Nuer. When the Next Big War Blows Down the Valley: Poems Selected and New will appear in 2015, and Anything That Burns You: A Portrait of Lola Ridge, Radical Poet in 2016.

Julia Glass

October 2015

Julia Glass is the author of the novels And the Dark Sacred NightThe Widower’s TaleThe Whole World Over, and the National Book Award-winning Three Junes, as well as the Kindle Single “Chairs in the Rafters.” Her third book, I See You Everywhere, a collection of linked stories, won the 2009 SUNY John Gardner Fiction Award. She has also won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Other awards for her fiction include the Sense of Place Award, the Tobias Wolff Award, and the Pirate’s Alley Medal for Best Novella.

Susan Steinberg

September 2015

Susan Steinberg is the author of Spectacle (Graywolf Press, 2013), a finalist for the L. A. Times Book Prize in fiction;  Hydroplane (FC2, 2006); and The End of Free Love (FC2, 2003).  Her stories have appeared in McSweeney’sConjunctionsThe Gettysburg ReviewAmerican Short FictionBoulevardThe Massachusetts ReviewQuarterly WestDenver Quarterly, and other literary magazines.

Ansel Elkins

June 2015: Yale Younger Poets Prizewinner

Ansel Elkins’s debut collection of poetry, Blue Yodel, was selected by Carl Phillips as the winner of the 2014 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. Her poems have appeared in AGNIThe BelieverBest New Poets 2011EcotoneGuernicaGulf Coast, the North American Review, the Southern Review, and others.

Damiano Abeni & Moira Egan

Spring 2015

Damiano Abeni MD, MPH, is an epidemiologist who has been translating American poetry into Italian since 1973. Moira Egan’s books are Strange Botany/Botanica Arcana (peQuod); Hot Flash Sonnets (tsager, 2013); Spin (Entasis, 2010); Bar Napkin Sonnets (winner of The Ledge Chapbook Competition, 2009); ss Seta della Cravatta/The Silk of the Tie (Edizioni l’Obliquo, 2009); and Cleave (WWPH, 2004).

Kathleen Winter

December 2014
Kathleen Winter’s first collection of poems, Nostalgia for the Criminal Past, was published by Elixir Press in 2012 after winning the Antivenom Poetry Prize.


Adam Wilson

November 2014

Adam Wilson is the author of the novel Flatscreen, a National Jewish Book Award finalist, and the collection of short stories What’s Important Is Feeling.


Anna Noyes

November 2014

Anna Noyes is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her stories have appeared in the women’s fiction issue of VICE,FiveChapters, and Summer Stories: Paintings by Leslie Anderson, Stories by Ten Maine Writers.


Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran

October 2014

Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran is the author of Antes y después del Bronx: Lenapehoking (New American Press, 2014) and South Bronx Breathing Lessons (Palabrera Press, 2014), and editor of the Fall 2010 international queer Indigenous issue of Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought.


Molly Anders

September 2014

Molly Anders holds an MFA in fiction from Syracuse University and a BA in Middle East Studies and Creative Writing from Bard College. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Tin HouseSalt Hill, Newsweek International, and JO Magazine.


Eryn Green

June 2014: Yale Younger Poets Prizewinner

Eryn Green holds a PhD from the University of Denver and an MFA from the University of Utah. A previous finalist for a Ruth Lilly Fellowship and the Omnidawn First Book Prize, his debut collection Eruv was recently selected by Carl Phillips as the winner of the 2013 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize.


Kelle Groom

Spring 2014

Kelle Groom is a poet and memoirist. Her memoir of loss and redemption, I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl (Simon & Schuster), is a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick, New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice selection, a Library JournalBest Memoir, Barnes & Noble Best Book of the Month, O Magazine selection, and Oxford American Editor’s Pick.


Peter Kline

December 2013

Peter Kline’s first collection of poetry, Deviants, was published by Stephen F. Austin State University Press in the fall of 2013. He is an instructor of creative writing at the University of San Francisco and with Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program.



Brittany Perham

December 2013

Brittany Perham is a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, where she was a Wallace Stegner Fellow.

Mieke Eerkens

November 2013

Mieke Eerkens is a graduate of the University of Iowa’s MFA program in Nonfiction Writing. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Atlantic, Guernica, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Best Travel Writing 2011, the Norton anthologyFakes: An Anthology of Pseudo-Interviews, Faux-Lectures, Quasi-Letters, “Found” Texts, and Other Fraudulent Artifacts, and Creative Nonfiction magazine, which nominated her for a Pushcart Prize.

Amy Beeder

October 2013

Amy Beeder is the author of Burn the Field (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2006) and Now Make An Altar (2012).

Caitlin Doyle

September 2013

Caitlin Doyle’s work has appeared in The AtlanticBoston ReviewThe Threepenny ReviewBlack Warrior ReviewMeasure, and other publications here and abroad.

Dan O'Brien

June 2013

Dan O’Brien’s play The Body of an American is the winner of the inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama as well as the L. Arnold Weissberger Award.

James Reidel

Spring 2013

James Reidel is a writer whose work spans poetry, fiction, translation, biography, and history. He has written extensively about the poet Weldon Kees including a full-length biography, Vanished Act: The Life and Art of Weldon Kees (University of Nebraska Press, 2003).

Sally Ball

December 2012

Sally Ball is the author of Annus Mirabilis (NY: Barrow Street, 2005) andWreck Me (forthcoming, Barrow Street, 2013).

Gimbiya Kettering

November 2012

Gimbiya Kettering has an MFA in Creative Writing from American University. Most recently, she was the Undiscovered Voices Scholar at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland where she rewrote her first novel, Love in the Time of Democracy, early drafts of which have won awards and grants from American University, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Elizabeth George Foundation.

Amy Glynn Greacen

October 2012

Amy Glynn Greacen’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in The New Criterion, Poetry Northwest, Southwest Review, eleven eleven, Cimarron Review, The Best American Poetry 2010 and 2012, and elsewhere.

Lydia Conklin

September 2012

Lydia Conklin, September 2012 James Merrill House Fellow, is a recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Astraea Foundation, the Sitka Center and Harvard University.

Peter Filkins

Spring 2011

Peter Filkins is the author of four books of poems, What She Knew,After Homer, Augustine’s Vision, and the forthcoming The View We’re Granted.

Will Schutt

Fall 2011: Yale Younger Poets Prizewinner

Will Schutt is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Stadler Center for Poetry and the Academy of American Poets.

Jedediah Berry

Spring 2011

Jedediah Berry, Spring 2011 Fellow, is the author of a novel, The Manual of Detection, winner of the William L. Crawford Award and the Dashiell Hammett Prize, and a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award.

Josh Weil

Fall 2010

Josh Weil is the author of The New Valley (Grove, 2009), a New York Times Editors’ Choice that won the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from The American Academy of Arts and Letters; a “5 Under 35” Award from the National Book Foundation; the GLCA New Writers Award; and was shortlisted for the Virginia Literary Award in Fiction.

Bruce Snider

Spring 2010

Bruce Snider is the author of The Year We Studied Women, selected by Kelly Cherry for the Felix Pollak Prize in poetry from the University of Wisconsin Press.