The Writers House has offered a wide variety of events over the years. Check out some of our past events below.
October 20, 2020
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 Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, The 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.
- Zoom Event
October 19, 2020
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Made possible by the Andrea ’79 and Ken Robertson Writers House Innovation Fund.
- Zoom Event
September 23, 2020
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.
- 4:00pm to 5:30pm
April 7, 2020
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.
March 24, 2020
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.
March 3, 2020
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 elsewhere. He is an assistant professor of English at Wesleyan University and teaches in the low residency MFA program at Sierra Nevada College.
February 6, 2020
February 4, 2020
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.
November 7, 2019
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.
October 24, 2019
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.
October 1, 2019
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/
September 24, 2019
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.
April 11, 2019
April 2, 2019
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.
March 26, 2019
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.
March 23, 2019
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 email@example.com
For more information about Bianca Stone, see http://www.poetrycomics.org/
March 20, 2019
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.
March 6, 2019
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.
February 26, 2019
December 4, 2018
November 6, 2018
November 1, 2018
Bianca Bosker is a contributing editor at The Atlantic and the author of the New York Times bestseller “CORK DORK: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste,” which has been hailed as the “KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL of wine.”
October 29, 2018
October 18, 2018
September 25, 2018
April 26, 2018
April 24, 2018
April 17, 2018
April 10, 2018
April 3, 2018
March 15, 2018
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.
December 4, 2017
November 14, 2017
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.
November 2, 2017
October 24, 2017
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 Iowa. 4 pm.
The Writer-in-Residence program is made possible through support from the Andrea ’79 and Ken Robertson Writers House Innovation Fund.
October 12, 2017
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.
September 28, 2017
September 21, 2017
May 2, 2017
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.
April 26, 2017
April 19, 2017
April 10, 2017
Join us at the Sanctuary Coffeehouse for Live Out Loud: Storytelling for Social Change. Share a story, listen to your friends’ stories. Let’s make the political personal. Refreshments will be served. 7 pm.
This event in collaboration with Women & Gender Studies and WMCK.
- Sanctuary Coffeehouse
April 4, 2017
March 29, 2017
March 28, 2017
Rohina Malik is a critically acclaimed Chicago playwright and performance artist. She will perform her one-woman play, Unveiled, which, explores racism, hate crimes, love, language, and the Islamic faith. Please note that this event will take place in Cascia Hall at 5:30 pm.
March 23, 2017
Jill McCorkle, the acclaimed author of Life After Life, Going Away Shoes, and eight other novels and story collections, will be our spring Writer-in-Residence. 4 pm. This programming made possible through generous support from the Andrea ’79 and Ken Robertson Writers House Innovation Fund.