Christopher Merrill, poet in residence at the Hermitage Artist Retreat, has published six collections of poetry. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages, his journalism appears in many publications, and his awards include a knighthood in arts and letters from the French government. He has held the William H. Jenks Chair in Contemporary Letters at the College of the Holy Cross, and now directs the International Writing Program at The University of Iowa. He serves on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, he has conducted cultural diplomacy missions in over thirty countries for the U.S. State Department, and in April 2012 President Obama appointed Merrill to the National Council on the Humanities.
During this special evening at the Historic Asolo Merrill will read a sampling of his work. There will be poems from his most recent collection, Boat (2013); prose from The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War (2011), which was worked on at the Hermitage and, possibly, something from the book he is writing now for a series called The Life of Trees. In an interview format, he will talk about his work with the State Department, UNESCO, and the NEH, including teaching poetry in Afghanistan.
Special event for poetry lovers presented by the
Hermitage Artist Retreat
Thursday, January 29th at 7:00 pm