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Join The Watermill Center for an intimate conversation with writer and historian, Hugh Ryan!

Viewpoints is The Watermill Center’s year-round conversation series, granting artists and art enthusiasts the opportunity to gather and discuss creative themes vital to the contemporary moment. Hosted at both its East End campus and online, Viewpoints engages with the community through intriguing dialogue, artist talks, and lectures that span across disciplines.

Viewpoints will feature a reading of the artist’s work, followed by a guided conversation and Q&A, moderated by Susan Merrell.

For this virtual event, all attendees will receive a Zoom link the morning of the event via email. Viewpoints will be recorded and made available for viewing the following week,

About The Artist

Hugh Ryan is a writer, historian, and curator, who is currently writing on a queer history of the Brooklyn waterfront, which will be published by St. Martin’s Press in 2019. He is also developing an accompanying exhibition that will be mounted at the Brooklyn Historical Society. He is the Founding Director of the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The LA Review of Books, Tin House, Out, Vice, Hazlitt, and many other publications.  Ryan is the recipient of the 2016 Martin Duberman Fellowship at the New York Public Library and a 2017 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Nonfiction. He sits on the board of advisors for QED: A Journal of GLBTQ Worldmaking and is a Project Advisor for the Museum of Transgender Hirstory. He holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Bennington College.

Susan Scarf Merrell is the author of Shirley: A Novel, now a major motion picture starring Elisabeth Moss and Michael Stuhlbarg. She is also the author of A Member of the Family, and The Accidental Bond: How Sibling Connections Influence Adult Relationships. She co-directs the Southampton Writers Conference, is program director (along with Meg Wolitzer) of the novel incubator program, BookEnds, and teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing & Literature at Stony Brook Southampton. She served as fiction editor of The Southampton Review. Essays, book reviews, and short fiction appear most recently in The New York Times, Newsday, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Common Online, The Washington Post, and East Magazine.

Additional Information

This virtual event will have live-captioning. The Watermill Center is committed to providing accessible programs and services for all patrons and artists with disabilities. For further information about any accessibility issues or needs, please email us at [email protected].

photo copyright Maria Baranova-Suzuki