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The Writers House

Past Events

  • Zaid Jabri

    April 26, 2017: Composer Zaid Jabri played arias from his opera, Cities of Salt, and discussed the relationship between words and music.

    Learn more about Zaid Jabri by visiting his website.

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  • Robert Orsi

    April 19, 2017: Robert Orsi was here to discuss his most recent book, History and Presence

    Read more about Robert Orsi here.

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  • Tyehimba Jess

    April 4, 2017: Tyehimba Jess read from his Pulitzer-Prize winning collection, Olio.

    You can find out more about Tyehimba Jess here.

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  • Rohina Malik

    March 28, 2017: Chicago playwright and performance artist Rohina Malik performed her one-woman play, Unveiled, which explores racism, hate crimes, love, language, and the Islamic faith.

    Find out more about Rohina Malik on her website.

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  • Jill McCorkle

    March 22-23, 2017: Our spring Writer-in-Residence was Jill McCorkle, acclaimed author of Life After Life, Going Away Shoes, and eight other novels and story collections. This program made possible with generous support from the Andrea ’79 and Ken Robertson Writers House Innovation Fund.

    You can find out more about Jill McCorkle here.

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  • Five Minutes and a Mic

    February 23, 2017: No notes, no slides, just Merrimack professors talking about the work they do and why they love it.

    Featuring Rodrigo Bandeira de Mello, Susan Marine, Ryan Spalding, Rory Tannebaum, Joseph Vogel, & Doug White.

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  • Jean Valentine & Jane Mead

    February 14, 2017: Jean Valentine reads from her latest collection, Shirt in Heaven, with Jane Mead, whose new book is World of Made and Unmade.

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  • 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.


  • 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.