Christopher Merrill has published five previous collections of poetry, including Watch Fire, winner of the Academy of American Poets’s Lavan Award; seven books of translations; seven edited volumes; and six books of nonfiction, including The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War (Milkweed, 2011), which chronicles travels in Malaysia, China, Mongolia, and the Middle East. His writings have been translated into nearly forty languages. A member of the National Council on the Humanities and the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, he directs the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Merrill was awarded a 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship in General Nonfiction.
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