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TESTIMONIALS & WRITERS IN RESIDENCE

2020-21 WRITERS IN RESIDENCE

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ARMEN DAVOUDIAN, JULY 2021

Armen Davoudian’s poems and translations from Persian have appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI, The Sewanee Review, The Yale Review and elsewhere. His work has been supported by scholarships from Bread Loaf, the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Armen grew up in Isfahan, Iran and is currently a PhD candidate in English at Stanford University.

Desiree C. Bailey is a poet, writer and teacher. Her debut poetry collection What Noise Against the Cane is the winner of the 2020 Yale Younger Poets Prize. She is also the author of the fiction chapbook In Dirt or Saltwater (O'Clock Press, 2016), and has work published in Best American Poetry 2015, Callaloo, Washington Square Review and The Rumpus, among other publications. She has a BA from Georgetown University, an MFA in Fiction from Brown University, and is an MFA Poetry candidate at New York University. She is a recipient of the 2013 Poets and Writer's Amy Award. Desiree was born in Trinidad and Tobago and lives in New York.

GREG WRENN, APRIL 2021 / MAY 2021

Greg Wrenn is the author of Centaur, which Terrance Hayes awarded the 2013 Brittingham Prize in Poetry. A former Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, he is currently an assistant professor of English at James Madison University. He was educated at Harvard University and Washington University in St. Louis. Wrenn is currently working on Row, a memoir about using the ocean to heal from childhood trauma, and Origin, his second poetry collection. 

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KIRSTIN VALDEZ-QUADE, FEBRUARY 2021 / MARCH 2021

Kirstin Valdez Quade is the author of Night at the Fiestas, winner of the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize. The recipient of a “5 Under 35” award from the National Book Foundation and a Rome Prize, she lives in Princeton, New Jersey

NICHOLAS BOGGS, DECEMBER 2020 / JANUARY 2021

Nicholas Boggs is currently at work on a literary biography of James Baldwin. He is co-editor of Baldwin’s collaboration with French painter Yoran Cazac, Little Man, Little Man: A Story of Childhood (Duke 2018). The recipient of fellowships from Yaddo and MacDowell and a 2019 Robert and Ina Caro Travel and Research Fellowship from Biographer’s International, he teaches in the Department of English at New York University.

JENNIFER GROTZ, NOVEMBER 2020

Jennifer Grotz is the author of three books of poems, the most recent of which is Window Left Open. Also a translator and professor of poetry at the University of Rochester, she directs the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences.

RYAN CHAPMAN, OCTOBER 2020

Ryan Chapman is a Sri Lankan-American writer originally from Minnesota. He is the author of the novel Riots I Have Known (Simon & Schuster), named a best book of 2019 by Electric Literature and The Marshall Project. His work has appeared online at The New Yorker, McSweeney’s, BookForum, BOMB, Guernica, and The Believer. A recipient of fellowships from Vermont Studio Center and the Millay Colony for the Arts, he lives in Kingston, New York.

WALT HUNTER, SEPTEMBER 2020

Walt Hunter is the author of Forms of a World: Contemporary Poetry and the Making of Globalization and the co-translator, with Lindsay Turner, of Frédéric Neyrat's Atopias: Manifesto for a Radical Existentialism. Hunter's poems have appeared in the Harvard Advocate, The Atlantic, Boston Review, Literary Imagination, Oversound, Prelude, and other publications. He was the 2017 South Carolina Arts Commission Poetry Fellow and currently teaches at Clemson University.

TALVIKKI ANSEL, AUGUST 2020 

Talvikki Ansel is the author of the poetry collections My Shining Archipelago (Yale Series of Younger Poets Award), Jetty & other poems (Zoo Press), and Somewhere in Space (The Ohio State University Press / The Journal Award in Poetry).

CLAIRE LUCHETTE, JULY 2020

Claire Luchette is a writer from Chicago. Her short fiction has appeared in VQR, Ploughshares, Granta, and Kenyon Review, and her first novel is forthcoming from FSG. She's a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Oregon and has received grants and fellowships from the Elizabeth George Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the Corporation of Yaddo, Lighthouse Works, Blue Mountain Center, and the Millay Colony.

MERRILL FELLOWS / 1995-2021

Peter Hawkins (1995–1996)

Scott Westrem (1996–1997) 

Daniel Hall (1997–1998, YYP 1989) 

Annie Deppe (1998–1999) 

Ted Deppe (1998–1999) 

Aidan Wasley (1999–2000) 

Michael Madonick (2000–2001) 

Brigit Pegeen Kelly (2000–2001, YYP 1987) 

Molly McQuade (Fall 2001) 

Jeffrey Skinner (Spring 2002) 

Sarah Gorham (Spring 2002) 

Paul Merrill (Fall 2002) 

Matthew Zapruder (Spring 2003) 

Michael Tyrell (2003–2004) 

J.S. Marcus (2004–2005) 

Jason Zuzga (2005–2006) 

Michael Snediker (Fall 2006) 

Jacob Gamage (Spring 2007) 

Anna Potter (Spring 2007)

Rick Hilles (Fall 2007) 

Nancy Reisman (Fall 2007) 

Langdon Hammer (Spring 2008) 

Piotr Gwiazda (Fall 2008) 

Ivy Pochoda (Spring 2009) 

Cate Marvin (Fall 2009) 

Bruce Snider (Spring 2010) 

Josh Weil (Fall 2010) 

Jedediah Berry (Spring 2011) 

Will Schutt (Fall 2011, YYP 2012) 

Peter Filkins (Spring 2012) 

Lydia Conklin (September 2012) 

Amy Greacen (October 2012) 

Gimbiya Kettering (November 2012) 

Sally Ball (December 2012) 

James Reidel (Spring 2013) 

Dan O'Brien (June 2013) 

Caitlin Doyle (September 2013) 

Amy Beeder (October 2013) 

Mieke Eerkens (November 2013) 

Brittany Perham (December 2013-January 2014) 

Peter Kline (December 2013-January 2014)

Kelle Groom (Spring 2014)

Eryn Green (June 2014, YYP 2013)

Molly Anders (September 2014)

Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán (October 2014)

Anna Noyes (November 2014)

Adam Wilson (November 2014)

Kathleen Winter (December 2014-January 2015)

Damiano Abeni (Spring 2015)

Moira Egan (Spring 2015)

Ansel Elkins (June 2015, YYP 2014)

Kay Ryan (Invited Summer Fellow, July 2015)

Susan Steinberg (September 2015)

Julia Glass (October 2015)

Terese Svoboda (November 2015)

Geri Doran (December 2015-January 2016)

Adam Giannelli (Spring 2016)

Noah Warren (June 2016, YYP 2015)

Lorrie Moore (Invited Summer Fellow, July 2016)

Nate Klug (September 2016)

Catherine Pond (October 2016)

Jennifer Clarvoe (November 2016)

Caoilinn Hughes (December 2016-January 2017)

Mark Wunderlich (Spring 2017) 

Airea Dee Matthews (June 2017, YYP 2016) 

Walter Perrie (August 2017)

Dan Chiasson (September 2017)

D.M. (Damilola) Aderibigbe (October 2017)

Maxim Loskutoff (November 2017)

Mike Alberti (December 2017-January 2018)

Suzanne Rivecca (Spring 2018)

Duy Doan (June 2018, YYP 2017)

Christa Romanosky (September-October 2018)

Jordan Jacks (November-December 2018

Sigrid Nunez (December 2018-January 2019)

Joanna Scott (Spring 2019)

James Longenbach (Spring 2019)

Yanyi (June 2019, YYP 2018)

Gabriella Gage (August 2019)

Matthew Minicucci (December 2019-January 2020)

Lysley Tenario (February 2020)

Keith Wilson (March 2020-May 2020)

Jill Osier (June 2020, YYP 2019 *residency postponed due to pandemic)

Claire Luchette (July 2020)

Talvikki Ansel (August 2020, YYP 1996)

Walt Hunter (September 2020)

Ryan Chapman (October 2020)

Jennifer Grotz (November 2020)

Nicholas Boggs (December 2020-January 2021)

Kirstin Valdez Quade (February-March 2021)

Greg Wrenn (April-May 2021)

Desiree C. Bailey (June 2021, YYP 2020 )

Armen Davoudian (July-August 2021)

Henri Cole (September 2021)

Marlon James (October 2021)

Michael Collier (November 2021)

Kamran Javadizadeh (February-March 2022)

Medhi Tavana Okasi (April-May 2022)

Robert Wood Lynn (June 2022, YYP 2021)

Lauren Sandler (August 2022) 

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IVY POCHODA, 2013 FELLOW

"My months at the James Merrill House are among my most cherished memories of my writing career. The space to write, to think, or to do absolutely nothing was a remarkable opportunity that deeply affected my sense of my creative self. I donate to the Merrill House so that others can enjoy this unique experience in a near mystical setting."

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YANYI, FELLOW 2019

"It is  a gift to be given time and space to write and think. Access to Merrill's library was both a time capsule and a valuable education into another writer's mind; the quiet and scenic environment of Stonington and watching the fog roll off the waves each day helped center the work that I ended up doing."

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MATTHEW MINICUCCI, 2020 FELLOW

"My Writer-in-Residence month at the James Merrill House was a life-affirming experience, both creatively and personally. From mornings writing in the secret study to evenings watching the sun set over the water from the rooftop deck, every day felt like this perfect pearl of inspiration."