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Marvin Bell: A Discussion of his Career with Christopher Merrill and David St. John

A few months after the death of Marvin Bell, Air/Light editor David L. Ulin sat down with Bell’s friend and collaborator Christopher Merrill and his friend and former student David St. John to discuss the poet’s work and legacy. We are please to bring that conversation to you as part of AirLight‘s tribute to Bell.


David St. John is the author of twelve collections of poetry (including "Study for the World’s Body," nominated for The National Book Award), most recently, "The Last Troubadour: New & Selected Poems."

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Christopher Merrill has published seven collections of poetry, including "Watch Fire" (White Pine Press), for which he received the Lavan Younger Poets Award from the Academy of American Poets; many edited volumes and translations; and six books of nonfiction, among them, "Only the Nails Remain: Scenes from the Balkan Wars" (Rowman & Littlefield), "Things of the Hidden God: Journey to the Holy Mountain" (Random House), and "Self-Portrait with Dogwood" (Trinity University Press).

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David Ulin

David L. Ulin is the editor of Air/Light.

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