Christopher Merrill is the recipient of the 2017 Changwon KC International Literary Prize. The award ceremony will be part of the Changwon Literary Festival in September in Changwon, Korea. Previous winners include Chinese poet Bei Dao, French poet Claude Mouchard, and American poet laureate Tracy K. Smith.
Merrill, director of the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, is the author of the memoir Self-Portrait with Dogwood, recently published by Trinity University Press; six collections of poetry, including Brilliant Water and Watch Fire; numerous edited volumes and translations; and five books of nonfiction, including Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain and The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War. He serves on UNESCO’s U.S. National Commission and has conducted cultural diplomacy missions in over thirty countries for the U.S. State Department. In 2012 President Obama appointed him to the National Council on the Humanities.