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The Writers House

Past Events

  • Joshua Weiner

    November 3, 2016: Joshua Weiner discussed The Berlin Notebook, written in Berlin in the fall of 2015, as an influx of refugees arrived in Germany and elsewhere in Europe. 

    You can learn more about Joshua Weiner’s work here.

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  • Paul Muldoon

    October 18, 2016: Paul Muldoon, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and editor of The New Yorker, was here to read from his latest collection, Selected Poems 1968-2014.

    Find out more about Paul Muldoon here.

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  • Andre Dubus III

    October 12-13, 2016: Andre Dubus III, acclaimed author of Townie, Dirty Love, and others, was our fall Writer-in-Residence. This programming made possible through generous support from the Andrea ’79 and Ken Robertson Writers House Innovation Fund.

    Read an interview with Andre Dubus III here.

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  • Five Minutes and a Mic

    September 27, 2016: No notes, no slides, just Merrimack professors talking about the work they do and why they love it.

    The first in this series featured Charlotte Berkes, Cynthia Carlson, Kevin Finn, Steven Scherwatzky, Ana Silva, and Nancy Wynn

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  • James Lecesne

    September 22, 2016: Actor, activist, Academy Award winner, and author James Lecesne performed and discussed his work at the Writers House. 

    Watch the Oscar-winning film Trevor and learn more about the Trevor project. 

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  • Gregory Pardlo

    April 26, 2016: Poet Gregory Pardlo read from his Pulitzer Prize-winning collection, Digest.

     

    Read more about Gregory Pardlo here.


  • Lisa Randall

    April 14, 2016: Theoretical physicist Lisa Randall was here to talk about her latest book, Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs.


    Watch Lisa Randall on Charlie Rose


  • Ross Gay

    April 12, 2016: Ross Gay, author of three books including Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award.

    Learn about Ross Gay’s gardens and gratitude here.


  • Derek Isaacowitz

    April 6, 2016: Derek M. Isaacowitz from Northeastern University discussed Aging and Emotion Regulation. This event was sponsored by the Psychology Department.

    Read more about Derek M. Isaacowitz’s work here


  • Paula Vogel

    February 24-25: Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel was our spring Writer-in-Residence. This programming made possible through generous support from the Andrea ’79 and Ken Robertson Writers House Innovation Fund.

    Read this interview with Paula Vogel by Mary Louise-Parker in Bomb Magazine.


  • Nathalie Handal

    Natalie Handal, a French-American poet, playwright, translator, critic, and editor, shared her latest work.

    You can find out more about Nathalie Handal by visiting her website.


  • Alice Sebold

    November 16-17, 2015: Bestselling author Alice Sebold was our fall Writer-in-Residence. This programming made possible through generous support from the Andrea ’79 and Ken Robertson Writers House Innovation Fund.

    Read an interview with Alice Sebold here.


  • Tom Sleigh

    November 5, 2015: Tom Sleigh joined us in the Writers House to discuss poetry and creative nonfiction.

    You can read more about Tom Sleigh here


  • Krysten Hill

    September 16, 2015: Krysten Hill, an educator, writer and performer, shared some of her most recent work.

    Find out more about Krysten by visiting her website.


  • Richard Wolff

    April 21, 2015: Richard Wolff gave a talk entitled “Taboo Broken: New Critical Writing About Capitalism.”

     Watch Richard Wolff interviewed on Real Time with Bill Maher.


  • Gail Caldwell

    April 14-16, 2015: Pulitzer Prize winner Gail Caldwell was our spring Writer-in-Residence. This programming made possible through generous support from the Andrea ’79 and Ken Robertson Writers House Innovation Fund.

    Gail Caldwell featured in The New York Times.


  • Alice Fulton

    March 31, 2015: Award-winning author Alice Fulton read from her new book of poetry, Barely Composed.

    To find out more about Alice Fulton, visit her website.


  • Charles Simic

    March 26, 2014: Essayist, translator, and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Simic joined us in the Writers House to read and discuss his latest work.

     You can read more about Charles Simic at The Poetry Foundation website.


  • Jennifer Haigh

    November 19, 2014: Critically acclaimed novelist Jennifer Haigh read from her new short story collection, News From Heaven.

    Read a review of News From Heaven in the New York Times.


  • Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

    November 12-14, 2014: Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, best-selling author of Random Family, was our fall Writer-in-Resident.This programming made possible through generous support from the Andrea ’79 and Ken Robertson Writers House Innovation Fund.

    Read an interview with Adrian Nicole LeBlanc in The New Yorker.


  • Dominic Green

    October 21, 2014: Dominic Green, nonfiction writer and historian, read his work and talked about his writing process.


  • Joshua W. Buckholtz

    October 20, 2014: The McLaughlin Lecture Series, featuring experimental psychologist and neuroscientist Joshua W. Buckholtz.

    Find out more about Joshua’s work here.


  • Andrew Senchak

    October 15, 2014: Andrew Senchak, member of the board of trustees of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, talked about 9/11 and the financial crisis.

    Read an interview with Andrew Senchak conducted by Mary Fetchet. 


  • Nick Flynn

    October 7, 2014: Award-winning poet, playwright, and author of three memoirs, Nick Flynn, joins us in the Writers House to read and discuss his work.

    Visit Nick’s website to find out more about his projects and upcoming events. 


  • Henry Petroski

    October 2, 2014: Henry Petroski, American engineer and prolific author, joined us to discuss his work.

    Read a review of To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure in the New York Times. 


  • Jorie Graham

    September 17, 2014: Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jorie Graham read from her latest title, From the New World.

    To find out more about Jorie Graham’s work, visit her website.


  • Naomi Wallace

    April 22-24, 2014: Naomi Wallace, our first Writer-in-Residence, spent three days meeting with students, conducting workshops, and visiting classes. 

    credit: Jenny Graham

    Read more about Naomi Wallace in The Guardian.  


  • Gail Mazur

    April 15, 2014: Gail Mazur, the author of six poetry collections, including Figures in a Landscape, was here to read her latest work.

    You can read Gail Mazur’s poem “Baseball” here.


  • Andrea Cohen

    April 10, 2014: Andrea Cohen, the director of the Writers House, shared new poems with the community.

    To find out more about Andrea, visit her website.


  • Robert Finch

    April 2, 2014: Nature writer Robert Finch read his work about Cape Cod, which he has been writing about for forty years.

    Hear Robert Finch read an essay on WCAI.