Christopher Merrill




Christopher Merrill has published six collections of poetry, including Brilliant Water, and Watch Fire, for which he received the Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets; translations of Ales Debeljak's Anxious Moments and The City and The Child; several edited volumes, among them, The Forgotten Language: Contemporary Poets and Nature and From the Faraway Nearby: Georgia O’Keeffe as Icon; and five books of nonfiction, The Grass of Another Country: A Journey Through the World of Soccer, The Old Bridge: The Third Balkan War and the Age of the Refugee, Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars, Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain, and The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War.

His work has been translated into twenty-five languages, his journalism appears in many publications, and his awards include a knighthood in arts and letters from the French government. He has held the William H. Jenks Chair in Contemporary Letters at the College of the Holy Cross, and now directs the International Writing Program at The University of Iowa. He serves on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, he has undertaken cultural diplomacy missions to more than forty countries for the U.S. State Department. In April 2012 President Obama appointed Merrill to the National Council on the Humanities.

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Oct 11th 2016

On October 11, 2016, the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa will open a the new fiction writing course How Writers Write Fiction 2016: Storied Women. Centered on female authorial voices and female literary characters, this online course will be offered completely free to all participants and will welcome writers of all genders.

Average: 9 (3 votes)
Jul 18th 2016

On July 18, 2016, the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa will open the new MOOC Whitman's Civil War: Writing and Imaging Loss, Death, and Disaster. This free open online course will embark upon a journey through Walt Whitman's writings on the American Civil War. Through Whitman's lens, we will explore how writing and image can be used to examine war, conflict, trauma, and reconciliation - in Whitman's time and today.

Average: 7.5 (2 votes)
Apr 13th 2015

How Writers Write Poetry 2015, a seven-week course beginning on March 23, 2015, offers an interactive progression through the principles and practice of writing poetry. The course presents a curated collection of short, intimate talks on craft by two dozen acclaimed poets writing in English. Craft topics include persona, notebooking, the line, the turn, form, and the lyric.

Average: 10 (1 vote)
Jun 28th 2014

An interactive study of the practice of writing poetry. The course centers on short craft lectures from 22 accomplished poets, including U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass, Kwame Dawes, Marvin Bell, Kiki Petrosino, and Kate Greenstreet. Participants will have the opportunity to submit their poems for online workshopping and to join in round-the-clock discussion with fellow poets and enthusiasts around the world.

Average: 10 (1 vote)
Feb 17th 2014

Every Atom: Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself will take a collective approach to a close reading of America’s democratic verse epic, first published without a title in the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass and later titled Song of Myself in the 1881 edition.

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