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Join The Watermill Center for an intimate conversation with poet and author, Jeffrey Perkins!

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

Jeffrey Perkins is a queer poet who was raised on a farm in rural New Hampshire. He earned his BA from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana in Peace and Global Studies and his MA in American Studies from University of Massachusetts Boston. He received his MFA in Poetry from Bennington College where he was the recipient of the Jane Kenyon Memorial Scholarship. His poems have been published in Tupelo Quarterly, The Adroit Journal, Memorious, Rhino, The Cortland Review, and The Massachusetts Review, among other journals.

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