James Merrill House Writers in Residence Book List

The first writers in residence came to the James Merrill House 25 years ago, shortly after James Merrill’s death in 1995. Since then, over 80 writers have visited, staying in his home, a National Historic Landmark, to work on projects of their own.
Thanks to Merrill's generosity, the house now belongs to the Stonington Village Improvement Association and is an ongoing inspiration for writers and poets from around the world.

 

 

Some People Let You Down (Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction #19) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781574418156
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Published: University of North Texas Press - October 29th, 2020

The nine stories in Mike Alberti’s debut collection shine a sharp light on small-town American life —not the Arcadian small towns of yesteryear, but the old mill towns hanging on after the mill has stopped running, the deserted agricultural communities in the middle of vast industrial farms, places where bad luck has become part of the weather.


Riots I Have Known Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501197314
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 17th, 2020

Longlisted for the 2019 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, Ryan Chapman’s “gritty, bracing debut” (Esquire) set during a prison riot is “dark, daring, and laugh-out-loud hilarious…one of the smartest—and best—novels of the year” (NPR).

A largescale riot rages through Westbrook prison in upstate New York, incited by a p


Averno: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374530747
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - February 6th, 2007

WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE


Poems 1962-2012 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374534097
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 5th, 2013

WINNER OF THE NOBEL PRIZE IN LITERATURE

The collected works of the inimitable Pulitzer Prize–winning poet


Riots I Have Known Cover Image
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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 17th, 2020

Longlisted for the 2019 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, Ryan Chapman’s “gritty, bracing debut” (Esquire) set during a prison riot is “dark, daring, and laugh-out-loud hilarious…one of the smartest—and best—novels of the year” (NPR).

A largescale riot rages through Westbrook prison in upstate New York, incited by a p


Somewhere in Space (OSU JOURNAL AWARD POETRY) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780814252246
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Published: Ohio State University Press - December 9th, 2015

The poems in Talvikki Ansel’s Somewhere in Space work to locate us in this world and its mix of the made and natural, the cultivated and untamable.


My Shining Archipelago (Yale Series of Younger Poets) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780300070323
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Published: Yale University Press - March 27th, 1997

The winner of the 1996 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition is Talvikki Ansel for My Shining Archipelago.

"Ansel`s poetry is refreshingly original," says the distinguished poet and contest judge James Dickey. "She renders the heat, the closeness, the mystery, and the terrible fear of the undisclosed, the lurking, the waiting to happen.


What Noise Against the Cane (Yale Series of Younger Poets #115) Cover Image
By Desiree C. Bailey, Carl Phillips (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9780300256536
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Published: Yale University Press - April 13th, 2021

The 115th volume of the Yale Series of Younger Poets is a lyrical and polyvocal exploration of what it means to fight for yourself

“Bailey invites us to see what twenty-first-century life is like for a young woman of the Black diaspora in the long wake of a history of slavery, brutality, and struggling for freedoms bodily and psychological.” —Carl Phillips, f


Little Man, Little Man: A Story of Childhood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781478000044
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Published: Duke University Press - August 24th, 2018

Four-year-old TJ spends his days on his lively Harlem block playing with his best friends WT and Blinky and running errands for neighbors. As he comes of age as a "Little Man" with big dreams, TJ faces a world of grown-up adventures and realities. Baldwin's only children's book, Little Man, Little Man celebrates and explores the challenges and joys of black childhood.


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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 21st, 2019

Center for Fiction 2019 First Novel Prize Long List

“Dark, daring, and laugh-out-loud hilarious, Riots I Have Known is one of the smartest—and best—novels of the year.”—NPR

“Chapman establishes himself as a master of wit, satire, and heart.”—Apple Books

“[A] gritty, bracing debut.”


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Published: Simon & Schuster - November 17th, 2020

Longlisted for the 2019 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, Ryan Chapman’s “gritty, bracing debut” (Esquire) set during a prison riot is “dark, daring, and laugh-out-loud hilarious…one of the smartest—and best—novels of the year” (NPR).

A largescale riot rages through Westbrook prison in upstate New York, incited by a p


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ISBN: 9781949344172
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Published: Bull City Press - October 13th, 2020

Poetry. California Interest. Middle Eastern Studies. LGBTQIA Studies. Winner of the 2020 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. A swan song is a song of departure: after a lifetime of silence, the legend goes, the mute swan breaks into song just before leaving this world for good. Armen Davoudian's SWAN SONG chronicles what it's like to take leave of a home, a country, a past life.


Cusp: Poems Cover Image
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Published: Mariner Books - August 17th, 2003

Entre chien et loup — between dog and wolf. This French colloquialism for twilight informs Jennifer Grotz’s debut poetry collection, Cusp. A winner of this year’s Bakeless Prize for poetry, Grotz explores the peculiar territory of middleness — neither dark nor light, not quite familiar but not fully unknown.


Window Left  Open: Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555977306
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Published: Graywolf Press - February 2nd, 2016

The poppies are wild, they are only beautiful and tall
so long as you do not cut them,
they are like the feral cat who purrs and rubs against your leg
but will scratch you if you touch back.
Love is letting the world be half-tamed.
--from "Poppies"


A Whole World: Letters from James Merrill Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781101875506
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Published: Knopf - April 6th, 2021

The selected correspondence of the brilliant poet, one of the twentieth century's last great letter writers.


The Wild Laughter: Longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781786077806
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Published: Oneworld Publications - July 28th, 2020

AN IRISH TIMES, IRISH SUNDAY TIMES, IRISH INDEPENDENT & SUNDAY INDEPENDENT BOOK OF THE YEAR, 2020

NOMINATED FOR NOVEL AT THE YEAR AT THE IRISH BOOK AWARDS, 2020

SHORTLISTED FOR THE DALKEY LITERARY AWARDS, 2021

'Extraordinary...


Gathering Evidence Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781847772626
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Published: Carcanet Press Ltd. - March 1st, 2014

Forms of a World: Contemporary Poetry and the Making of Globalization Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780823282210
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Published: Fordham University Press - January 8th, 2019

What happens when we think of poetry as a global literary form, while also thinking the global in poetic terms? Forms of a World shows how the innovations of contemporary poetics have been forged through the transformations of globalization across five decades.


Ruthie Fear: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393635560
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 1st, 2020

In this haunting parable of the American West, a young woman faces the violent past of her remote Montana valley.


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Agatha of Little Neon: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780374265267
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 3rd, 2021

"Blazingly original, wry, and perfectly attuned to the oddness—and the profundity—of life” (Cristina Henríquez), Claire Luchette's debut, Agatha of Little Neon, is a novel about yearning and sisterhood, figuring out how you fit in (or don’t), and the unexpected friends who help you find your truest self


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By James Merrill, Stephen Yenser (Notes by)
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ISBN: 9781524711344
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Published: Knopf - April 3rd, 2018

For the first time in a stand-alone edition, the acclaimed poet's classic poem about his communication with Ephraim, a guiding spirit in the Other World, is here introduced and annotated by poet and Merrill scholar Stephen Yenser.


The Changing Light at Sandover Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375711749
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Published: Knopf - August 2nd, 2011

A welcome return to paperback: James Merrill’s most famous and celebrated work.


Collected Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375709418
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Published: Knopf - November 5th, 2002

The publication of James Merrill's Collected Poems is a landmark in the history of modern American literature. His First Poems—its sophistication and virtuosity were recognized at once—appeared half a century ago. Over the next five decades, Merrill's range broadened and his voice took on its characteristic richness.


Selected Poems Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375711664
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Published: Knopf - October 28th, 2008

James Merrill himself once called his body of work “chronicles of love and loss,” and in twenty books written over four decades he used the details of his own life—comic and haunting, exotic and domestic—to shape a portrait that in turn mirrored the image of our world and our moment.


Small Gods Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781936970476
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Published: New Issues Poetry and Prose - October 3rd, 2017

In exquisitely mysterious prose poems ranging from epistles to proofs, Small Gods meditates on deeply human questions of faith, creating an inward, almost timeless landscape that widens outward from the familial and the existential and that opens up to the stars.


Translation: Poems (Wick Poetry First Book #21) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781606352625
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Published: Kent State University Press - August 28th, 2015

Winner of the 2014 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize
Jane Hirshfield, Judge


Mitz: The Marmoset of Bloomsbury Cover Image
By Sigrid Nunez, Peter Cameron (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9781593765828
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Published: Soft Skull Press - August 6th, 2019

This tender biography of a sickly marmoset that was adopted by Leonard Woolf and became a fixture of Bloomsbury society (The New York Times) is an intimate portrait of the life and marriage of Leonard and Virginia Woolf from a National Book Award-winning author.


Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781594633348
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 7th, 2014

From the author of The Friend, winner of the 2018 National Book Award.
"The masterpiece of the ‘I knew Susan’ minigenre" – A.O. Scott, The New York Times

A poignant, intimate memoir of one of America’s most esteemed and fascinating cultural figures, and a deeply felt tribute.


What Are You Going Through: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593191415
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 8th, 2020

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2020 BY NPR, PEOPLE, AND O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE

A NEW YORK TIMES CRITICS’ TOP BOOK OF 2020

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

“As good as The Friend, if not better.” —The New York Times
 
“Impossible to put down . . . leavened with wit and tenderness.” —People


These Women: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062656384
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Published: Ecco - May 19th, 2020

SHORTLISTED FOR THE EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL

AN LA TIMES BOOK PRIZE, MYSTERY & THRILLER FINALIST AN INTERNATIONAL THRILLER WRITERS FINALIST, BEST HARDCOVER NOVEL


Fruit (Wisconsin Poetry Series #1) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780299326746
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Published: University of Wisconsin Press - March 10th, 2020

Bruce Snider’s third poetry collection grapples with what it means to be childless in a world obsessed with procreation. Poems move between the scientific and the biblical, effortlessly sliding from the clinical landscape of a sperm bank to Mount Moriah as Abraham prepares Isaac for sacrifice.


The Son of Good Fortune: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062059574
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Published: Ecco - July 7th, 2020

A Recommended Book From:
USA Today * The Chicago Tribune * Book Riot * Refinery 29 * InStyle * 
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune * Publishers Weekly * Baltimore Outloud * Omnivoracious * Lambda Literary * Goodreads * Lit Hub * The Millions


Monstress: Stories (Art of the Story) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063010147
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Published: Ecco - July 7th, 2020

A luminous collection of heartbreaking, startling, and gloriously unique stories set amongst the Filipino communities of California and the Philippines—now with a new preface by the author 


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Published: Ecco - April 27th, 2021

A Recommended Book From:
USA Today * The Chicago Tribune * Book Riot * Refinery 29 * InStyle * 
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune * Publishers Weekly * Baltimore Outloud * Omnivoracious * Lambda Literary * Goodreads * Lit Hub * The Millions


The Five Wounds: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393242836
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 30th, 2021

Named one of the Most Anticipated Books of 2021 by Oprah Magazine, The Week, The Millions, and Electric Lit.

From an award-winning storyteller comes a stunning debut novel about a New Mexican family’s extraordinary year of love and sacrifice.


Night at the Fiestas: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393242980
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 23rd, 2015

Winner of the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction

A New York Times Notable Book of 2015

Set in northern New Mexico, an astonishing, beautifully rendered debut about growing up in a land shaped by love, loss and violence.


Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781556595615
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - May 21st, 2019

"Wilson's collection is romantic yet world-weary, bereaved yet fortified―a kindred reflection of the heart in the modern world." ―Publishers Weekly Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love is a collection whose poems approach family, politics, and romance, often through the lens of space: the vagaries of a relationship full of wonder and coldness, separation and exploration.


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ISBN: 9780299294441
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Published: University of Wisconsin Press - May 17th, 2013

Greg Wrenn's debut collection opens with a long poem in which a man undergoes surgery to become a centaur. Other poems speak in voices as varied as those of Robert Mapplethorpe, Hercules, and a Wise Man at the birth of Jesus. Centaur skitters along the blurred lines between compulsivity and following one's heart, stasis and self-realization, human and animal.