The James Merrill House Writer-in-Residence Program, founded in 1995, honors Merrill’s contributions to Stonington and his longstanding support of fellow scholars, poets, and writers. Currently six or seven writers per year are provided a stipend and living space at 107 Water Street and are free to use the Merrill apartment for their own work and study. Readings and lectures are ongoing and free at the Stonington Library and the La Grua Center.

The Merrill House Committee works to preserve James Merrill’s residence in Stonington CT as a tribute to him and a cultural asset to the local community. In this spirit, the Committee wishes writers-in-residence to be enriched by and also to enrich the community of Stonington.


The residency provides living and working space to a writer in search of a quiet setting to complete a project of literary or academic merit. Writers receive an $1,100 stipend and residencies last 4-6 weeks.

Hear from our former Writers-in-Residence about their residencies and find out how you can apply to become a Merrill Fellow.
We will accept applications for our 2021-22 residencies from October 1, 2020-January 15, 2021.

Learn about our current and former Writers-in-Residence


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