Friends of Lorine Niedecker (FoLN) are delighted to host poet and essayist Merrill Gilfillan for a solo virtual reading on Sunday, March 31st, 2024 at 5pm CST. This event will be hosted on the Zoom platform (see the event description below for the URL) and will be recorded.
Merrill Gilfillan was born in Mount Gilead, Ohio, in 1945 and studied literature at the Universities of Michigan and Iowa. His first book of poems appeared in 1970. Recent publications include A Walkable Rain (Oxeye Press, 2024) and Stars Seen Then (Partly Press, 2020). Selected Poems will be published by Flood Editions in 2024. Merrill’s previous books with Flood Editions include Talk Across Water: Stories Selected and New, The Bark of the Dog, and Red Mavis, as well as a collection of alfresco essays, The Warbler Road. He lives in Asheville, North Carolina.
North Central is a virtual reading series providing a space to gather and hear living poets who connect in various ways to the poetry of Lorine Niedecker. The series takes its title from North Central (London: Fulcrum Press, 1968), the third book of poems published in Niedecker’s lifetime. The readings are curated by Chuck Stebelton and Richard Meier and supported by the Friends of Lorine Niedecker. Past readers have included Joshua Beckman, Tirzah Goldenberg, Noah Zannella, and Shannon Tharp. Readings are held twice per year, in October and March.