Events Archive

The Writers House has offered a wide variety of events over the years. Check out some of our past events below. 

April 28, 2021

  • Danez Smith

    Danez Smith is a Black, Queer, Poz writer & performer from St. Paul, MN. Danez is the author of Homie (Graywolf Press, 2020) and Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press, 2017), winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection and a National Book Award Finalist.

    • Location
    • Zoom
    • Time
    • 4:00pm

April 15, 2021

  • Claire Meuschke

    Claire Meuschke is the author of Upend (Noemi Press 2020) and is currently a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and a Farm Assistant at an urban farm in Oakland, CA.

    • Location
    • Zoom
    • Time
    • 4:00pm

April 8, 2021

  • Bakari Sellers

    Bakari Sellers is a Political Commentator at CNN and a lawyer with the Strom Law Firm, LLC in Columbia, SC. He has been featured in TIME Magazine’s 40 Under 40 in 2010 as well as 2014 and 2015 “The Root 100” list of the nation’s most influential African-Americans and is the author of the book, My Vanishing Country.

    • Location
    • Zoom
    • Time
    • 10:00am

March 31, 2021

  • Marquis Daisy

    Emmy-Award winning filmmaker Marquis Daisy is a producer and director for ESPN Films. He has produced the films Bernie and Ernie, The ’85 Bears, The Dominican Dream and VICK, as well as directed Rand University, Baltimore Boys, and Black Hoosiers. His most recent work is “The March on Washington: Keepers of the Dream.”’

    • Location
    • Zoom
    • Time
    • 4:00pm

March 11, 2021

  • Weike Wang

    Weike Wang is the author of CHEMISTRY, winner of the 2018 PEN/Hemingway Award. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Glimmer Train, Ploughshares, and Kenyon Review, among other publications. She is the recipient of a Whiting Award and a National Book Foundation 5 under 35 Award.

    • Location
    • Zoom
    • Time
    • 4:00pm

February 24, 2021

  • Carmen Giménez Smith

    Carmen Giménez Smith is the author of seven books, including MILK AND FILTH, a finalist for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry and BE RECORDER, a finalist for the National Book Award. She is publisher of Noemi Press and a Professor of English at Virginia Tech.

    • Location
    • Zoom
    • Time
    • 4:00pm

February 18, 2021

February 10, 2021

  • Lauren Groff

    Lauren Groff is the author of five books, including FATES AND FURIES, a finalist for the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award, and FLORIDA, winner of the Story Prize and finalist for the National Book Award. She was named one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists, has been a Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellow, and her fiction has been translated into thirty languages. Her sixth book, a novel titled Matrix, will be published in September 2021.

    • Location
    • Zoom
    • Time
    • 4:00pm

November 18, 2020

  • Nov 18: Diana Khoi Nguyen Reads

    Diana Khoi Nguyen is the author of the poetry collection, GHOST OF (Omnidawn Publishing, 2018) selected by Terrance Hayes for the Omnidawn Open Contest. A finalist for the National Book Award and L.A. Times Book Prize, it received the 2019 Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Colorado Book Award. She teaches creative writing at Randolph College Low-Residency MFA and is an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

    • Location
    • Zoom Event
    • Time
    • 4:00pm
  • Nov 18: Workshop with Diana Khoi Nguyen

    Join National Book Award finalist Diana Khoi Nguyen for a poetry writing workshop.  Merrimack students, faculty, and staff welcome.  

    For more information and to register, contact Emma Duffy-Comparone at duffycompare@merrimack.edu

    • Location
    • Zoom Event
    • Time
    • 2:00pm

November 12, 2020

  • Nov 12: English Trivia Night

    Think you know the most about grammar, syntax, and diction? Join us at the Writers House on Thursday, November 12 at 5pm for English Trivia Night! Winner wins a Barnes and Noble gift card!

    Capacity is limited, so reserve your spot at The Writers House here.

    Or join us virtually here!

    • Location
    • The Writers House
    • Time
    • 5:00pm

November 5, 2020

  • Nov. 5: Alex Marzano-Lesnevich Reads

    Alex Marzano-Lesnevich will read from and discuss their next book, BOTH AND NEITHER, a gender-and-genre-bending work of memoir, history, cultural analysis, trans re-imaginings, and international road trip about life beyond the binary.

    Made possible by the generous support from the Andrea ’79 and Ken Robertson Writers House Innovation Fund.

    • Location
    • Zoom Event
    • Time
    • 4:00pm
  • Nov 5: Coffee & a Writer

    Join us at 4pm at the Writers House to watch Visiting Writer Alex Marzano-Lesnevich read live on the projector together! Then stay awhile for coffee (or tea, hot chocolate, hot cider) by the fire.

    RSVP at writershouse@merrimack.edu

    • Location
    • The Writers House
    • Time
    • 4:00pm

November 3, 2020

October 29, 2020

  • Oct 29: Halloween Howler

    Stop by The Writers House anytime from 5-7 pm for pumpkin painting, ghost stories, cider, and more!

    • Location
    • The Writers House
    • Time
    • 5:00pm

October 20, 2020

  • Oct. 20: Kirstin Valdez Quade Reads

    Kirstin Valdez Quade is the author of Night at the Fiestas, winner of the John Leonard Prize, the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a “5 Under 35” from the National Book Foundation. Her work has appeared in The New YorkerThe Best American Short StoriesThe O. Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere. She is an Assistant Professor at Princeton. 

    Made possible by the Andrea ’79 and Ken Robertson Writers House Innovation Fund.

    • Location
    • Zoom Event
    • Time
    • 4:00pm

October 19, 2020

  • Oct. 19: Workshop with Kirstin Valdez Quade

    Join us for a special craft talk and workshop with award-winning fiction writer Kirstin Valdez Quade. Students, faculty, and staff welcome. 

    To register for event or for more info, email Emma Duffy-Comparone at duffycompare@merrimack.edu

    Made possible by the Andrea ’79 and Ken Robertson Writers House Innovation Fund.

    • Location
    • Zoom Event
    • Time
    • 2:00pm

September 23, 2020

  • Carol Hay: Think Like A Feminist

    Carol Hay is an associate professor of Philosophy at UMass, Lowell.  Join us for a discussion of her recently published book from W.W. Norton: Think Like a Feminist: The Philosophy Behind the Revolution.

    • Location
    • http://merrimack.me/carol-hay
    • Time
    • 4:00pm to 5:30pm

April 7, 2020

  • April 7: Natalie Shapero

    Natalie Shapero is the Professor of the Practice of Poetry at Tufts University. Her most recent poetry collection is Hard Child, which was shortlisted for the International Griffin Poetry Prize. Shapero’s writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New Yorker Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, Poetry, and elsewhere, and she is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, and a Kenyon Review Fellowship. 

    • Location
    • The Writers House
    • Time
    • 4:00pm

March 24, 2020

  • CANCELED: CANCELLED: Christian Wiman

    THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

    Christian Wiman, our spring Writer-in-Residence, is Professor of the Practice of Religion and Literature in the Yale Divinity School. He is the author, editor, or translator of many books, including Survival is a Style: Poems, He Held Radical Light: The Art of Faith, The Faith of Art, and Hammer is the Prayer: Selected Poems. The former editor of Poetry Magazine, Wiman has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic Monthly, and numerous other publications. He is a former Guggenheim Fellow and holds an honorary doctorate of humane letters from North Central College. His particular interests include modern poetry, the language of faith, “accidental” theology (that is, theology conducted by unexpected means), and what it means to be a Christian intellectual in a secular culture.

    The Writer-in-Residence program is made possible through generous support from the Andrea ’79 and Ken Robertson Writers House Innovation Fund.

    • Location
    • The Writers House
    • Time
    • 4:00pm

March 3, 2020

  • March 3: John Murillo

    John Murillo is the author of the poetry collections, Up Jump the Boogie, finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Pen Open Book Award, and Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry. His work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Best American Poetry 2017 and 2019 and elsewhereHe is an assistant professor of English at Wesleyan University and teaches in the low residency MFA program at Sierra Nevada College. 

    • Location
    • The Writers House
    • Time
    • 4:00pm

February 6, 2020

  • February 6: Tolle Lege Reception

    Join us at the 17th annual celebration of creative and scholarly work published by Merrimack faculty in the previous year. The reception will take place in the Writers House at 4 pm.

    Snow date February 13 at 4 pm.

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    • Location
    • The Writers House
    • Time
    • 4:00pm

February 4, 2020

  • February 4: Robert Pinsky H’16 Visits The Writers House

    Robert Pinsky H’16 is a poet, essayist, translator, and teacher whose many books include the poetry collections At the Foundling Hospital and Selected Poems, and the anthology, The Mind Has Cliffs of Fall. Pinsky’s work has earned him the PEN/Voelcker Award, the William Carlos Williams Prize, the Lenore Marshall Prize, Italy’s Premio Capri, and other honors. As Poet Laureate, he founded the Favorite Poem Project, in which thousands of Americans—of varying backgrounds, all ages, and from every state—shared their favorite poems. He is also the only member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters to have appeared on The Simpsons and The Colbert Report

    • Location
    • The Writers House
    • Time
    • 4:00pm

November 7, 2019

  • November 7: Lise Funderburg

    Lise Funderburg’s books include Black, White, Other: Biracial Americans Talk about Race and Identity, Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home, and Apple, Tree: Writers on their Parents. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, The Washington Post, National Geographic, and elsewhere.

    • Location
    • The Writers House
    • Time
    • 4:00pm

October 24, 2019

  • October 24: Teju Cole

    Teju Cole, our Fall Writer-in-Residence, is the author of five books. In addition to writing fiction, he is a photographer, critic, and curator.  The photography critic of The New York Times Magazine from 2015 until 2019, he is currently the Gore Vidal Professor of the Practice of Creative Writing at Harvard University.

    The Writer-in-Residence program is made possible with generous support from the Andrea ’79 and Ken Robertson Writers House Innovation Fund.

    • Location
    • The Writers House
    • Time
    • 4:00pm

October 1, 2019

  • October 1: Yousef Bashir

    Yousef Bashir will read from and talk about his book, The Words of My Father: Love and Pain in Palestine.

     

    The Words of My Father chronicles Yousef Bashir’s childhood under Israeli occupation in Gaza. When he was 15 years old, Bashir was shot in the back by an Israeli soldier. Since then, the Palestinian has dedicated his life to peace.

    For more information see: http://yousefbashir.com/ 

    • Location
    • The Writers House
    • Time
    • 4:00pm

September 24, 2019

  • September 24: Donna Harrington-Lueker

    Donna Harrington-Lueker’s Books for Idle Hours: Nineteenth-Century Publishing and the Rise of Summer Reading draws upon letters, diaries, archival materials, and an array of nineteenth-century popular novels set at summer resorts, to show how the practice of light summer reading (AKA the “beach read”) takes shape in the nineteenth century. In addition to this book, her academic work has appeared in the Keats-Shelley Journal, Journalism History, and Nineteenth Century Studies. The campus visit is a homecoming for Harrington-Lueker who graduated from Merrimack College in 1976 with a major in English.

     

    • Location
    • The Writers House
    • Time
    • 4:00pm

April 11, 2019

  • April 11: Cynthia Huntington

    Cynthia Huntington is the author of the memoir, The Salt House: A Summer on the Dunes of Cape Cod, as well as five poetry collections of poems, including her most recent, Terra Nova. She teaches at Dartmouth. 4 pm.

    • Location
    • The Writers House
    • Time
    • 4:00pm

April 2, 2019

  • April 2: Bob Hicok

    Bob Hicok is the author of ten books of poetry, including his most recent, Hold. His awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Guggenheim Foundation. He is a professor of creative writing at Virginia Tech.

    • Location
    • The Writers House
    • Time
    • 4:00pm

March 26, 2019

  • March 26: Alan Shapiro

    Alan Shapiro, the author of a dozen books, will read from his most recent one, Against Translation.
    His awards include the Kingsley Tufts Award, the Los Angeles Book Prize, and a Lila Wallace–Reader’s Digest Writers’ Award. He teaches at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    • Location
    • The Writers House
    • Time
    • 4:00pm

March 23, 2019

  • March 23: Bianca Stone

    Bianca Stone is a poet and visual artist whose books include The Mobius Strip Club of Grief and Someone Else’s Wedding Vows. Join us for a reading, Q&A, and refreshments.

    Note: this reading will be preceded by a special 2 pm workshop for Merrimack students with Bianca, exploring what words and images can do together. To register, contact Danielle Jones at jonespruettd@merrimack.edu 

    For more information about Bianca Stone, see http://www.poetrycomics.org/

    • Location
    • The Writers House
    • Time
    • 4:00pm

March 20, 2019

  • March 20: Hernan del Valle

    Hernan del Valle, currently a fellow at The Radcliffe Institute, is a lawyer who specializes in international law and human rights. In the last 15 years, he has led humanitarian aid operations on five continents, assisting people affected by armed conflict and forced displacement, most recently with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) operations in the Mediterranean Sea. Please join us for a talk and discussion, with refreshments.  

    • Location
    • The Writers House
    • Time
    • 4:00pm

March 6, 2019

  • March 6: William C. Campbell

    William C. Campbell (Hon. 2017) received The Nobel Prize in 2015 for a discovery concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites. His talk, “A Life in Science with One Foot in the Arts,” will be followed by a Q & A and light refreshments. All are invited.

    • Location
    • The Writers House
    • Time
    • 4:00pm

February 26, 2019

December 4, 2018

  • December 4: Aidan Scrimgeour Trio

    Come join us for an afternoon of holiday cheer when the Aidan Scrimgeour Trio performs Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas. Festive treats will be served. All welcome. 4 pm.

    • Location
    • The Writers House
    • Time
    • 4:00pm

November 6, 2018

  • 5 Minutes & A Mic

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

    • Location
    • The Writers House
    • Time
    • 4:00pm

November 1, 2018

October 29, 2018

  • Open Mic

    Open Mic night at the Writers House: all are invited to bring a poem, story, song, film clip, political manifesto, etc.–or, just come listen to your friends. 

    • Location
    • The Writers House
    • Time
    • 6:00pm

October 18, 2018

  • James Wood

    Our Fall Writer-in-Residence will be James Wood, Professor of the Practice of Literary Criticism at Harvard University and a longtime staff writer at The New Yorker.

    • Location
    • The Writers House
    • Time
    • 4:00pm

September 25, 2018

  • Dan Kaufman

    Dan Kaufman will read from/discuss his new book, “The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics.”

    • Location
    • The Writers House
    • Time
    • 4:00pm

April 26, 2018

  • Tolle Lege Reception

    The 15th annual reception to honor members of the Merrimack community who have published major works during the past academic year.

    • Location
    • The Writers House
    • Time
    • 4:00pm

April 24, 2018

  • Robin Becker

    Poet, critic, feminist and professor Robin Becker discusses and reads from her works.

    • Location
    • The Writers House
    • Time
    • 4:00pm

April 17, 2018

  • Claire Messud

    Acclaimed author and spring writer-in-residence Claire Messud will discuss and read from her work.

    • Location
    • The Writers House
    • Time
    • 4:00pm

April 10, 2018

  • Javier Zamora

    Salvadoran-born poet and activist Javier Zamora will discuss and read selections of his work.

    • Location
    • The Writers House
    • Time
    • 4:00pm

April 3, 2018

  • Gabrielle Calvocoressi

    Gabrielle Calvocoressi, senior poetry editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books, discusses and reads selections of her work.

    • Location
    • The Writers House
    • Time
    • 4:00pm

March 15, 2018

  • Anna & Elizabeth

    The group Anna & Elizabeth has performed at the Cambridge Folk Festival, Brighton Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Atlanta Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Folk Fest, as well as intimate theaters across the U.S., U.K., and Europe. The duo has received fellowships to develop their work at the MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and elsewhere. They have released two acclaimed full-length albums: Sun to Sun (2012) and Anna & Elizabeth (2015). 4 pm.

    • Time
    • 4:00pm

December 4, 2017

  • Dec. 4: Open Mic

    All are invited to the Writers House for an evening of entertainment. And you’re the entertainment! Sing a song, read a poem, tell a story, show a film clip, act out a scene from a play, or just come and eat some snacks. 
    6 pm.

    • Time
    • 6:00pm

November 14, 2017

  • Nov. 14: Carl Safina

    Award-winning writer and conservationist Carl Safina will discuss his latest book, Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel. Safina is the first Endowed Professor for Nature and Humanity at Stony Brook University, where he co-chairs the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and runs the not-for-profit Safina Center. 4 pm.

    • Time
    • 4:00pm

November 2, 2017

  • Nov. 2: 5 Minutes & A Mic

    No notes, no slides, just Merrimack professors talking about the work they do and why they love it: Omer Unsal, Lauri Kurdziel, Kathleen Shine Cain, Luis Saenz de Viguera Erkiaga, & Autumn Ridenour. 4 pm.

    Co-sponsored by CETL.

    • Time
    • 4:00pm

October 24, 2017

  • Oct. 24: Meghan Daum

    Our fall Writer-in-Residence, Meghan Daum, is the author of four books, including, most recently, The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion. A columnist at The Los Angeles Times for more than a decade, Daum now writes the EGOS column, about new memoirs, for The New York Times Book Review, and has taught recently in the graduate writing programs at Columbia University and the University of Iowa4 pm.

    The Writer-in-Residence program is made possible through support from the Andrea ’79 and Ken Robertson Writers House Innovation Fund.

    • Time
    • 4:00pm