Conversation with James Merrill scholars Langdon Hammer and Stephen Yenser

Langdon Hammer, the Niel Gray, Jr. Professor of English, Yale University; and Stephen Yenser, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, UCLA

The Poetry and Poetics Reading Group at Washington University invites you to a conversation about James Merrill with literary scholars Langdon Hammer (James Merrill: Life and Art, 2015) and Stephen Yenser (The Consuming Myth: The Work of James Merrill, 1987). The reading group will meet in Olin Library’s Special Collections, Room 142, and our guests will join via Zoom. The conversation marks the culmination of the group’s semester-long exploration of the Merrill archive housed in WashU’s Special Collections, but we welcome newcomers to join!

Please RSVP to Alex Mouw ( and Ann Marie Jakubowski (