Christopher 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; many edited volumes and books of translations; and five works of nonfiction, among them, Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars and Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain. His latest prose book, The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War, chronicles travels in Malaysia, China and Mongolia, and the Middle East. His writings have been translated into over thirty languages; his journalism appears widely; his honors include a Chevalier from the French government in the Order of Arts and Letters. As director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, Merrill has conducted cultural diplomacy missions to more than forty countries. He serves on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, and in April 2012 President Obama appointed him to the National Council on the Humanities.
The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War
Three essays, composed in the key of terror, recounting the author's journeys to Malaysia, the Middle Kingdom, and the Middle East, in the tumultuous years after 9/11: "deep, wandering investigations where the old world meets the new, where the person becomes politic, and where peace many times has just left the room," in the words of Ron Carlson.
7 Poets 4 Days 1 Book2009
Awards and Recognition
- Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, 2006
- The Kostas Kyriazis Foundation Honorary International Literary Prize, 2005
- he Writers Association of Bosnia-Herzegovina Annual Literary Award, The Bosnian Stecak, 2001
- The Academy of American Poets Peter I. B. Lavan Younger Poets Award, 1993