W. S. Merwin

b. 1927
W. S. Merwin

A prolific poet and translator, W.S. Merwin’s style has changed over the years from traditional to free form. Merwin won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize for his first book, A Mask for Janus, published in 1952, and the Pulitzer Prize for his 1970 collection The Carrier of Ladders. Merwin currently lives in Hawaii; he is a devoted environmentalist and many of his poems take up ecological themes. He was appointed Poet Laureate of the United States in 2010.

What People are Saying

"I learned that I had the ability to capture the attention of an audience and evoke emotion from them. When I recited my first poem in 9th grade for a mock POL class competition, I was incredibly shy and barely audible. But eventually I grew to love sharing the emotions poems gave me."
Chiara Raimondo
2016 NY POL Champion