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"For Marvin Bell," A Tribute To A Friend

Marvin Bell (1937-2020)

Chris celebrates the life and legacy of Marvin Bell who was a prolific poet, professor, collaborator, and friend. Read his memorial essay on Air/Light Magazine


In the span of their long friendship, Chris and Marvin wrote together often. Some of these hours led to the writing of After The Fact: Scripts and Postscripts, a book that is collaboration at its finest. 


Sneak Peek: Flares (May 2021)

Here's something to get you excited for the publication of Chris's upcoming poetry collection, Flares! Six never-before-seen prose poems: "Market Conditions," "Oligarchy," "Excavation," "Faith," "The Wedding," and "Home." Read them here

Emily Dickinson was right: ‘Hope is a strange invention’

J. Scott Applewhite

Chris writes an essay about hope as we sit on the precipice of a near-ending Trump presidency and the start of a new Biden administration. Read it here

Hebrew Translations by Ronny Someck

Israeli poet Ronny Someck's translation of a section of Chris's longer poem, "Entourage," is featured alongside a translation of a poem by the Swedish Nobel Laureate, Tomas Tranströmer. The delightful double portrait, also by Ronny, is of Tomas and Chris. Check it out! 

Dream Loaf 2020

A 2017 recorded lecture by Chris titled, "Corrective Readings: Translation in the Age of Trump" is part of Dream Loaf, the new form of the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers' and Translators' Conference.

Enjoy this curation of archived lectures and readings, free and available all summer! Click here.

Reflecting On The Current Crisis With Christopher Merrill

Listen to the latest installment of Iowa Public Radio's River to River where host Ben Kieffer speaks with Chris. They talk about about Chris's thoughts on "the perfect storm" of a co-occuring national racial justice movement and economic downfall due to COVID-19. Listen here!

Interview with Mutiu Olawuyi

Chris was recently interviewed by Mutiu Olawuyi for Artflakes: New World Literary Hub on CBA TV English. Tune into their conversation here!

5 Authors of Brutally Honest and Surprising Memoirs

A nice plug for Self-Portrait with Dogwood from the good folks at

New Poems Published in Life and Legends

Chris has published four pieces of poetry and prose poetry in the non profit journal Life and Legends, called Armenian Stanzas, Instructions for the Winter Solstice, The River, and Stage Presence. Check them out here!

Eco-Thoughts: An Interview with Christopher Merrill

In an interview with Leslie Carol Roberts for The Believer, Chris talks out his thoughts on the ecologies of violence, saying "...I tried to find a language adequate to these forms of violence ecology, which meant, among other things, describing as fully as possible the sights and sounds and textures of war—the strange mixture of boredom and terror, despair and hilarity." Read the entire fascinating interview here.