Merrill Black​ is a seacoast writer ​whose essays have appeared in publications including ​The New York Times and the local anthology ​Becoming Portsmouth. She is currently working on a memoir about alcoholism.

Talk Description: New Hampshire Seacoast essayist Merrill Black recounts her experience with mental illness, domestic violence, public assistance, recovery from addiction and bereavement to illustrate the power of connection and disclosure to heal and teach.