Two short memories in memory of the late poet W.S. Merwin, who passed away last week, by Christopher Merrill and Alice Quinn. Read their words on The Paris Review blog here.
Features and Media
Christopher sits with Fiona Sze-Lorrain to talk about his book, Self-Portrait with Dogwood, where topics such as the meaning of the epigraph of the book, writing memoirs and W.S. Merwin's advice about writing arise. Read the stimulating conversation between two poets here.
An extremely cool interview with Bekos, a reporter from a newspaper in Athens--To Vima tis Kiriakis--in Greek. Christopher speaks about poetry in the confines of his mind, puts forth his perspective on cultural diplomacy, and more.
A fun two-parter for you:
Click here for the published interview in Greek.
Click here for the original English version.
"From April 3-8, 2018, Iowa City, Iowa, hosted representatives from more than 25 countries for the UNESCO Cities of Literature Annual Meeting and 8 teams of wrestlers for the United World Wrestling Freestyle World Cup. What is it about this small city in the Midwest that can attract two international events in the same week?"
Find out in this documentary short created by Think Iowa City.
Iowa Now features the IWP and its 50th anniversary in a short article. It highlights the journey and meaningful influence of international literature at Iowa, and the world at large. Christopher says in it: "Literature can be a way to introduce different cultures to each other and to find connections. This is cultural diplomacy." Read the article here.
Immense congratulations to Christopher! His book, Self-Portrait with Dogwood was named the winner of Memoirs (Other) category in the 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. See the full list of winners here.
Christopher's newest book, Self-Portrait with Dogwood has placed First Runner Up in the Memoir Category of the 2018 Eric Hoffer Book Award. He is extremely humbled for his book to be recognized alongside many other distinguished writers and artists. Learn who they are here.
Congratulations to Christopher for being awarded silver in the Autobiography/Memoir II (Coming of Age/ Family Legacy/ Travel) category for his book, Self-Portrait with Dogwood. He is one of the 410 total medalists who "represent books from 41 U.S. states plus Guam and District of Columbia; 6 Canadian provinces; and 12 countries overseas." Read the full list of winners here.
Christopher talks to Claire Jacobson of Asymptote Journal about his origin story, inspirations for both poetry and translation, and the IWP's 50th anniversary. Read their conversation here.