SCF to Host Hermitage Writer in Residence Christopher Merrill

(Bradenton, Fla., January 16, 2015) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) language and literature department welcomes author Christopher Merrill as the SCF’s Hermitage writer in residence at 2 p.m. Jan. 29 at SCF Venice, 8000 S. Tamiami Trail, building 800, Selby Room. The event is free and open to the public.

Merrill has published six collections of poetry, including “Watch Fire,” for which he received the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets. His nonfiction works include “Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars” and “Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain.”

As director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, Merrill has conducted cultural diplomacy missions to more than 40 countries. He serves on the U.S. National Commission for United Nations Scientific Cultural Organization and was appointed to the National Council on the Humanities by President Obama in April 2012.

The Hermitage nurtures creativity in mid-career writers, painters, poets, playwrights, composers, translators, sculptors and artists working in digital media to benefit the community. Through SCF’s unique partnership with the Hermitage, Merrill will share his writing experience with the College while he develops new material at the Hermitage.

For more information, call Dr. Doug Ford at 941-408-1501 or Maps and directions are online at



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