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Christopher Merrill Presents Seminar at University of Sulaimani

posted Apr 29, 2019, 4:10 AM by Karzan Ghafur Khidhir Qadir

 

Christopher Merrill presented a Seminar at University of Sulaimani on "Introducing Creative Writing to Schools VAP program" on Sunday April 28th 2019.

The seminar was organized by the US Embassy in Baghdad in cooperation with the US Consulate General-Erbil, IREX and the University of Sulaimani.

A number of English lecturers of University of Sulaimani attended the seminar which was held at the college of languages.

Christopher Merrill has published six collections of poetry, including Brilliant Water, and Watch Fire, for which he received the 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 five 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, Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain, and The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War.

His work has been translated into twenty-five languages, his journalism appears in many publications, and his awards include a knighthood in arts and letters from the French government. He has held the William H. Jenks Chair in Contemporary Letters at the College of the Holy Cross, and now directs the International Writing Program at The University of Iowa. He serves on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, he has conducted cultural diplomacy missions in over thirty countries for the U.S. State Department, and in April 2012 President Obama appointed Merrill to the National Council on the Humanities.