Peter Filkins, arrived on Tuesday to begin his residency. He will be in Stonington until the end of May. Peter is the author of four books of poems, What She Knew, After Homer, Augustine’s Vision, and the forthcoming The View We’re Granted. The recipient of a Stover Award in Poetry and the New American Press Chapbook Award, he has also received a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and held residencies at Yaddo, Millay, the MacDowell Colony, and the American Academy in Berlin. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New Republic, Partisan Review, The New Criterion, and Southwest Review. He is also the translator of the collected poems of Ingeborg Bachmann, Darkness Spoken, and H.G. Adler’s novels The Journey and Panorama. He teaches writing and literature at Bard College at Simon’s Rock.
The James Merrill House Committee will welcome Peter on Monday, 23 January, from 5 to 7 in the evening with a wine and cheese reception at Noah’s Restaurant on Water Street in Stonington. This gathering is free and open to the public. If you are in our area, we hope you will stop in and meet Peter.
Events planned for Peter’s residency will include a reading and discussion group series to be held in the Merrill Apartment on several Sunday afternoons this spring, a reading by a visiting poet – a friend of Peter’s – to be announced, and a reading by Peter from his own work at the Stonington Free Library on 25 March. There will be updates and more information about all of these events here and on our website and on our Facebook page. Stay tuned.