Events Archive

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

February 7, 2019

  • February 7: Tolle Lege Reception

    Join McQuade Library in celebrating the 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 14 at 4 pm.

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

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

April 26, 2017

  • April 26: Zaid Jabri

    Composer Zaid Jabri will play music, including arias from his opera, Cities of Salt, and discuss the relationship between words and music. This event will be held at the Rogers Center for Performing Arts (atrium). A light lunch will be served. 12:30.

    • Time
    • 12:30pm

April 19, 2017

April 10, 2017

  • April 10: Storytelling Open Mic

    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.

    • Location
    • Sanctuary Coffeehouse
    • Time
    • 7:00pm

April 4, 2017

  • April 4: Tyehimba Jess

    Tyehimba Jess’s first book of poetry, leadbelly, was a National Poetry Series Award winner. He will read from his new collection, Olio. 4 pm.

    • Time
    • 4:00pm

March 29, 2017

  • March 29: Azara Santiago Rivera

    Azara Santiago Rivera is a professor and director of the Mental Health Counseling Program at Merrimack College. She will discuss her latest research regarding counseling and diversity. 4 pm.

    • Time
    • 4:00pm

March 28, 2017

  • March 28: Rohina Malik

    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.

    • Time
    • 5:30pm

March 23, 2017

  • March 23: Jill McCorkle

    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 pmThis programming made possible through generous support from the Andrea ’79 and Ken Robertson Writers House Innovation Fund.

    • Time
    • 4:00pm

March 7, 2017

  • March 7: Open Mic

    Read a poem or a story, sing a song, show a film clip, tell a joke, share something you’ve made. All welcome. 6 pm.

    • Time
    • 6:00pm

February 27, 2017

  • Feb. 27: John Kaag

    John Kaag reads from his critically acclaimed new book, American Philosophy: A Love Story.

    • Time
    • 4:00pm

February 14, 2017

November 3, 2016

  • Nov. 3: Joshua Weiner

    Josh Weiner will read from/discuss The Berlin Notebook, written in Berlin in the fall of 2015, as an influx of refugees was peaking in Germany and elsewhere in Europe. 4 pm.

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

October 18, 2016

  • Oct. 18: Paul Muldoon

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and poetry editor of The New Yorker will read from his latest collection, One Thousand Things Worth Knowing4 pm.

    • Time
    • 4:00pm

October 13, 2016

  • Oct. 13: Andre Dubus III

    Our fall Writer-in-Residence is acclaimed writer Andre Dubus III, author of House of Sand and Fog, Townie, and others. He will read and discuss his latest work. 4 pm.

    This programming is made possible through generous support from the Andrea ’79 and Ken Robertson Writers House Innovation Fund.

    • Time
    • 4:00pm

September 22, 2016

  • Sept. 22: James Lecesne

    Actor, activist, Academy Award winner (Trevor), and author (Absolute Brightness) James Lecesne will perform and discuss his work. 4 pm.

    • Time
    • 4:00pm

September 13, 2016

April 26, 2016

April 14, 2016

  • April 14: Lisa Randall

    Lisa Randall studies theoretical particle physics and cosmology at Harvard University. Her research connects theoretical insights to puzzles in our current understanding of the properties and interactions of matter. Her books include Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe’s Hidden Dimensions and Knocking on Heaven’s Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World, and Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs.4 pm.

    • Time
    • 4:00pm

April 12, 2016

  • April 12: Ross Gay

    Ross Gay is the author of three books, including Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, which was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award and is nominated for an NAACP Image Award. He will read his latest work. 4 pm.

    • Time
    • 4:00pm

April 6, 2016

  • April 6: Derek Isaacowitz

    Derek M. Isaacowitz from Northeastern University will be in the Writers House to discuss Aging and Emotion Regulation. This event is sponsored by the Psychology Department. 7 pm.

    • Time
    • 7:00pm

February 25, 2016

  • February 25: Paula Vogel

    Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel will be our spring Writer-in-Residence. This programming made possible through generous support from the Andrea ’79 and Ken Robertson Writers House Innovation Fund. 4 pm.

    • Time
    • 4:00pm

February 11, 2016

  • February 11: Poetry of the Body

    Join us in the Writers House for an evening of poetry and performance to celebrate and reflect on the body. What does society say about our bodies? What do you want to say about them, about what you love or struggle with about your own body? Come recite a poem or story, sing a song (your own or someone else’s), or come to support and enjoy. 
    7 pm

    This event sponsored by the Office of Wellness Education. 

    • Time
    • 7:00pm

February 2, 2016

  • February 2: Tolle Lege Reception

    Join McQuade Library in celebrating the creative and scholarly work published by Merrimack faculty in the previous year. The reception will take place in the Writers House at 4 pm.

    • Time
    • 4:00pm

December 8, 2015

  • Dec. 8: Nathalie Handal

    Nathalie Handal is a French-American poet, playwright, translator, critic, and editor. Her books include the flash collection The Republics, which Patricia Smith lauds as “one of the most inventive books by one of today’s most diverse writers;” the bestselling bilingual collection La estrella invisible / The Invisible Star; and the critically acclaimed Poet in Andalucía. Handal is the editor of the The Poetry of Arab Women: A Contemporary Anthology, and her work has appeared in publications such as Vanity Fair, The GuardianThe New York Times, and The Nation. She is a professor at Columbia University. 4 pm.

    • Time
    • 4:00pm

November 16, 2015

  • Nov.16: Alice Sebold

    Alice Sebold, our fall Writer-in-Residence, is the author of the highly acclaimed novels The Lovely Bones and The Almost Moon, and the memoir, Lucky. Please join us for a reading, with a book signing and reception to follow. 4 pm.

    This program made possible through generous support from the Andrea ’79 and Ken Robertson Writers House Innovation Fund.

    • Time
    • 4:00pm

November 5, 2015

  • Nov. 5: Tom Sleigh

    Tom Sleigh is a poet, dramatist, and essayist, and a Distinguished Professor in the MFA program at Hunter College. His awards include the Kingsley Tufts Award, a Guggenheim grant, two National Endowments for the Arts, and an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Recent work can be found in PoetryThreepenny Review, the New Yorker, and elsewhere. Please join us for a reading followed by a Q&A. 4 pm.

    • Time
    • 4:00pm

October 29, 2015

  • Oct. 29: Halloween Coffeehouse

    Come to an Open Mic at the Writers House: all are invited to share a scary story, poem, song, film clip, etc. 

    Prize for the best costume! 7 pm.

    • Time
    • 7:00pm

September 16, 2015

  • Sept. 16: Krysten Hill

    Open House at the Writers House, featuring Krysten Hill. Please join us for food, drink & mingling. 4 pm.

    Krysten Hill is a dynamic writer and performer who has showcased her poetry on stage at The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Cantab Lounge, U35 Reading Series, Mr. Hip Presents, and many others.  Her work can be found in Winter Tangerine Review, Muzzle, PANK, apt, Amethyst Arsenic, Damfino Press, ROAR, and Write on the DOT. 

    • Time
    • 4:00pm

April 28, 2015

  • Coffeehouse/Open Mic

    Come to Open Mic Night at the Writers House: all are invited to bring a poem, song, film clip–or just come and applaud your friends.

    • Time
    • 4:00pm

April 21, 2015

  • April 21: Richard Wolff

    Richard Wolff’s latest book is Democracy at Work: A Cure for Capitalism. He will give a talk entitled “Taboo Broken: New Critical Writing About Capitalism.” 5:00 pm.

    • Time
    • 5:00pm