STONINGTON — Rosanna Warren — an acclaimed poet, whose research interests include translation, literary biography, literature and the visual arts, and the relationship between classical and modern literature — will deliver the Merrill Lecture this year, an annual program presented by the James Merrill House.
Warren has received awards from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lila Wallace Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the New England Poetry Club, among others. She has also served as Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. His poetry collections include “So Forth”, “Ghost in a Red Hat”, and “Departure”. His study of lyric poetry, “Fables of the Self”, was followed by a biography of modernist poet and artist Max Jacob, “Max Jacob: A Life in Art and Letters”.
Warren herself studied painting and comparative literature at Yale, graduating in 1976. After several years of writing, painting, and odd jobs in Paris, Venice, and New York, she attended the writing seminars from Johns Hopkins University, earning a master’s degree in 1980, and has been the Hanna Holborn Gray Distinguished Service Professor on the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought since 2012.
Warren’s parents, Robert Penn Warren and Eleanor Clark, were both well-respected authors. She likes to say that she “was born on the kitchen floor of the cottage her parents rented in Connecticut. Her father delivered her. His life has calmed down since his arrival. Her brother, Gabriel Warren, is a sculptor in Charlestown, RI, and her nephew, Noah Warren, received the Yale Younger Poets Award and was writer-in-residence at James Merrill House in 2016.
This event is free and open to the public, with on-street parking available near the La Grua centre. For more details, please visit jamesmerrillhouse.org/events.
The James Merrill House is a non-profit organization operated by the Stonington Village Improvement Association whose purpose is to preserve the Stonington House of Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet James Merrill and to make the space available as a residence for writers .
Previous speakers have included Louise Glück, Jorie Graham, Carl Phillips and Marlon James.