Christopher Merrill http://iowapublicradio.org en Travels and Poetry in the Middle East http://iowapublicradio.org/post/travels-and-poetry-middle-east <p></p><p>Host Ben Kieffer&nbsp;talks with&nbsp;Christopher Merrill, Director of the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. &nbsp;Merrill<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;has just returned from a month-long trip on behalf of the program that took him to </span>Baghdad<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and the Kurdish region of Iraq, Abu Dhabi, and Turkey. &nbsp;He is about to leave for Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan as part of a cultural diplomacy mission for the State Department.</span></p> Tue, 14 May 2013 20:23:15 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 20764 at http://iowapublicradio.org Travels and Poetry in the Middle East Exploring the Nature of Terror http://iowapublicradio.org/post/exploring-nature-terror <div>In his new book, celebrated poet, essayist, and Director of the University of Iowa International Writing Program Christopher Merrill explores the nature of terror, its place in the post-911 world and how terror unites and galvanizes those in the throes of it.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In <i>The Tree of Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War </i>Merrill takes us on his exotic journeys to Malaysia, China, the Dead Sea and war-torn Syria.</div> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 19:03:10 +0000 Ben Kieffer 6870 at http://iowapublicradio.org Exploring the Nature of Terror