Christopher Merrill

Chris Merrill
MFA, Washington
100 SHSE
Research Interests: 
poetry; literary journalism; literary translation

Christopher Merrill has published four collections of poetry, including Brilliant Water and Watch Fire , for which he received the Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets; translations of Aleš Debeljak’s Anxious Moments and The City and the Child; several edited volumes, among them, The Forgotten Language: Contemporary Poets and Nature and From the Faraway Nearby: Georgia O’Keeffe as Icon; and four books of nonfiction, The Grass of Another Country: A Journey Through the World of Soccer, The Old Bridge: The Third Balkan War, and The Age of the Refugee, Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars, and Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain.

His work has been translated into twenty-five languages, and his journalism appears in many publications. He directs the International Writing Program at The University of Iowa.