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September 2019

Annual Merrill Lecture: Mary Jo Salter

September 28, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Author Mary Jo Salter delivers the Annual Merrill Lecture at La Grua in Stonington.

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February 2019

James Merrill at Home: A Talk by Architectural Historian Rachel Carley

February 2, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Rachel Carley's presentation will trace the unusual history of the historic 1901 building and explore the way in which Merrill infused his verse with references to his apartment's idiosyncratic décor, and the foibles of small-town life in the village he loved.

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January 2019

Sigrid Nunez Reads from Her Work

January 12, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

December-January fellow Sigrid Nunez reads from her work at La Grua Center.

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September 2018

Annual Merrill Lecture: Jorie Graham

September 28, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Jorie Graham is the author of numerous volumes of poetry, including The End of Beauty, Sea Change, and The Dream of the Unified Field (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry). One of the most celebrated writers of the American post-war generation, in the words of The New York Times " is to post-1980 poetry what Bob Dylan is to post-1960 rock: she changed her art form, moved it forward, made it able to absorb and express more than it could before. It permanently bears her mark." Her honors include a…

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August 2018

Karin Roffman & Willard Spiegelman on John Ashbery

August 31, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Karin Roffman recently published the first biography of American poet John Ashbery, The Songs We Know Best: John Ashbery's Early Life.  She is a senior lecturer in Humanities and English at Yale University. Willard Spiegelman is the Hughes Professor of English, Emeritus, at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and now a Stonington resident.

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October 2017

Julia Glass Reads from Her Work

October 20, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Former Merrill House fellow Julia Glass reads from her new novel at La Grua Center.

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September 2017

Annual James Merrill Lecture: Claudia Rankine

September 23, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Photo by Ricardo DeAratanha

Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry including  Citizen: An American Lyric and   Don’t Let Me Be Lonely.

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June 2017

Louise Glück reads from her work

June 4, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Writer Louise Glück, our 2017 Merrill Invited Fellow, will read from her work at La Grua Center.

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July 2016

Lorrie Moore reads from her work

July 24, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Writer Lorrie Moore, our 2016 Merrill Invited Fellow, will read from her work at La Grua Center.

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October 2015

Julia Glass Reads from Her Work

October 24, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Julia Glass is the author of the novels And the Dark Sacred Night, The Widower’s Tale, The Whole World Over, and the National Book Award-winning Three Junes, as well as the Kindle Single “Chairs in the Rafters.”

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Merrill House Author Series: Amy Bloom reads from her work

October 3, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

Amy Bloom is the author of two novels, three collections of short stories, and a nominee for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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July 2015

Poet Kay Ryan reads from her work

July 26, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

Kay Ryan, a past Poet Laureate and former Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets, and the 2015 Merrill Invited Fellow, will read from her work at La Grua on July 26th.

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May 2015

11th Annual Merrill Lecture with Langdon Hammer

May 9, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

Langdon Hammer on his new biography, "James Merrill: Life and Art." Langdon Hammer is Professor of English and American Studies and Chair of the English Department at Yale. He has given us the first biography of the poet James Merrill (1926–95), whose life is surely one of the most fascinating in American literature.

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