Stephen Yenser is the first invited Merrill Summer Fellow, a residency established to honor former James Merrill House Committee Chair Lynn Callahan's many contributions to the James Merrill House Committee.

Stephen Yenser's volumes of poems include The Fire in All Things, which won the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, and Blue Guide. His new manuscript is Stone Fruit. He has written three critical books, including The Consuming Myth: The Work of James Merrill, and is co-editor of five volumes of Merrill's work. He is Distinguished Professor and Director of Creative Writing at UCLA.