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Features and Media

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.

God's Wife: An Interview with Amanda Michalopoulou

Chris interviews Amanda Michalopoulou about her recently published book God's Wife, a story that started with the question 'What if God had a wife?' Read about how the book talks directly to its reader, how Michalopoulou shaped the character's unique voice, and her emphasis on female narratives. The full interview is on The Paris Review website

Nominated for 2020 Pushcart!

december magazine has selected their 2020 Pushcart Prize nominations, and Chris's piece Three Recordings is one of them! Congratulations, Chris and the other nominees. Learn more about them now!

IWP Director Reflects on Worldwide Career

Here is an in-depth feature published by The Daily Iowan about Christopher's career. It touches on his background, how he stepped in for a program that was on life support and the ways in which he sees the IWP thriving and growing in the years to come. 


Read it here

How Christopher Merrill Created UI's "United Nations of Writers"

A recent feature from The Gazette. It goes into Christopher's early years directing the International Writing Program, where the program is now, and his current endeavors including his plans for his next book, The Trials of Roger Williams: A Biography. 


Read it here!



IWP's Merrill Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

An article by IowaNow, celebrating Chistopher's recent Guggenheim Fellowship. Congratulations! 


Read it here.

Chris's Upcoming Book: "The Trials of Roger Williams: A Biography"

Learn more about how Christopher's current project of a biography of Roger Williams (The Trials of Roger Williams: A Biography), the Puritan founder of Rhode Island and early ancestor of Christopher's, originated from a handed-down book written by his grandmother. 


Take a look at it here!

Congratulations to Chris, Recipient of the 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship!

We are extremely proud to announce that Christopher has been selected as one of the 2019 Guggenheim Fellows under the field of General Nonfiction! He is one of 168 Fellows–all scholars, artists, and writers from forty-nine scholarly disciplines and artistic fields, seventy-five different academic institutions, twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia, and two Canadian provinces. 


Out of a pool of almost 3000 applicants, the fellows were appointed based on prior achievement and exceptional promise. The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, established in 1925, offers Fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions and irrespective of race, color, or creed.


Congratulations again, Chris!

Video Interview: Coffee with Krish

An interview with Krish Das of United States Consulate in Karachi, in which they talk about Christopher and his background. Christopher was in Karachi for a panel discussion themed "Why Study Media" and a creative writing workshop at Centre for Excellence in Journalism at the IBA. Watch the interview here