W. S. Merwin1927 -
W. S. Merwin is a prolific writer of poetry, plays, criticism, and prose. He served twice in the position of Poet Laureate Consultant to the Library of Congress.
Photo: W. S. Merwin, photo by Matt Valentine, courtesy of the Library of Congress
"Merwin was born in New York City and educated at Princeton University. He has traveled extensively in France, Portugal, and England. He is the author of more than 20 books of poetry. A Mask for Janus, his first book in 1952, was selected for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. His book Migration: Selected Poems, 1951-2001 won the National Book Award for poetry in 2005. He has twice won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, in 1971 for his book The Carrier of Ladders, and in 2009 for The Shadow of Sirius. Merwin has also published more than 20 books of translation, numerous plays, and six books of prose."
--Library of Congress Poets Laureate Page