Events Archive

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

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

October 12, 2017

  • Oct. 12: Susan Eaton

    Susan Eaton will read and discuss her book The Children in Room E4, a compelling look at urban schools and the resegregation of American education. Eaton is Director of the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at the Heller School at Brandeis. Sponsored by The Writers House, the Department of Sociology, and the Department of Economics. 12 pm.

    • Time
    • 12:00pm

September 28, 2017

  • Sept. 28: Melanie Brooks

    Melanie Brooks reads from Writing Hard Stories: Celebrated Memoirists Who Shaped Art from Trauma and her memoir in progress, A Complicated Grief (Working Title). 4 pm.

    • Time
    • 4:00pm

September 21, 2017

  • Sept. 21: Open House

    Join us at the Writers House for food, drink, and a chance to meet other creative minds. Learn about the Writers’ Circle, our poetry slam team, upcoming visiting writers, the Merrimack Review, and share your ideas for what the year might bring. 4 pm.

    • Time
    • 4:00pm

May 2, 2017

  • Living Out Loud: Listening Party

    May 2: Living Out Loud is a radio program on WMCK that features true stories told by Merrimack students. Join us at the Writers House to listen to the premiere show LIVE. Light refreshments. 6-7 pm.

    In collaboration with Women’s and Gender Studies, WMCK, and the Writers House.

    • Time
    • 6:00pm