Merrill Gilfillan

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Merrill Daniel Gilfillan (born 14 May 1945) is an American writer of poetry, short fiction, and essays.

Life and work[edit]

Gilfillan was born and raised in Mount Gilead, Ohio, where his outdoorsman father (Merrill C. Gilfillan)[1] worked as a naturalist for the state's Department of Natural Resources and helped inspire an early fascination with the natural world and its creatures. Gilfillan graduated in 1967 from the University of Michigan. He attended the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop for two years, studying with Ted Berrigan, Anselm Hollo, and George Starbuck, among others. He lived and worked in New York City for eight years and then moved to Colorado, which served as a base for frequent expeditions to the Great Plains and other regions of America from which he reports in essays, poetry, and short stories.[2] He now lives in Asheville, North Carolina.[3]



  • Truck, Angel Hair Books, New York, 1970
  • 9:15, Doones Press, Bowling Green, OH, 1970
  • Skyliner, Blue Wind Press, Berkeley, 1974
  • To Creature, Blue Wind Press, Berkeley, 1975
  • Light Years: Selected Early Poems, Blue Wind Press, Berkeley, 1977
  • River through Rivertown, The Figures, Great Barrington, MA, 1982
  • Coppers and Blues, Plum Pit, Boulder, 1997
  • On Heart River, Dayo, Denver, 1995
  • Satin Street, Moyer Bell, Wakefield, RI, 1997
  • The Seasons, Adventures in Poetry, New York | Boston, 2002
  • Small Weathers, Qua Books, Jamestown, RI, 2004
  • Undanceable, Flood Editions, Chicago, 2005
  • Selected Poems 1965-2000, Adventures in Poetry,[2] New York & Boston 2005 ISBN 0-9761612-2-2
  • The Bark of the Dog, Flood Editions, Chicago 2010 ISBN 978-0-9819520-5-5
  • Red Mavis, Flood Editions, Chicago 2014 ISBN 978-0-9838893-7-3



  • Sworn Before Cranes, Crown, New York, 1994
  • Grasshopper Falls, Hanging Loose, Brooklyn, 2000