Jeredith Merrin

Jeredith MerrinJeredith Merrin is author of two collections of poetry from The University of Chicago Press—Shift (1996, a finalist for Lambda Poetry Book Award that year) and Bat Ode (2001). She’s published an influential book of criticism, An Enabling Humility: Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop and the Uses of Tradition (Rutgers UP, 1990). Her essays and reviews on Moore, Bishop, Randall Jarrell, Billy Collins, John Clare and others have appeared in The Southern Review and elsewhere, and her poems may be found in such journals as The Hudson Review, Ploughshares, The Paris Review, Slate, The Southern Review, and The Yale Review. A repeat resident at MacDowell Colony as well as Ragdale Artist’s Colony, she was the recipient of a 2004 Ohio Arts Council Grant. Merrin is Professor Emerita of English at the Ohio State University, where her students elected her “Graduate Professor of the Year,” and where she won or was nominated for numerous other teaching awards. Jeredith now lives near her extended family in Arizona, where she relishes warm weather and cool jazz. Her current poetry manuscript, now completed and circulating, is entitled CUP.