Acclaimed poet to read at Eugene library
W.S. Merwin, one of the nation's most acclaimed and widely read poets, will read from his work at 2 p.m. Sunday at the downtown Eugene Public Library, 100 W. 10th Ave.
The winner of two Pulitzer Prizes and a National Book Award, he is also a translator and an outspoken environmentalist and pacifist. Admission is free.
In a career spanning five decades, Merwin has published more than 20 books of poetry and a similar number of translations as well as plays, essays and other prose.
His first book, "A Mask for Janus," was chosen by W.H. Auden in 1952 for the Yale Younger Poets series. "The Carrier of Ladders" was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1970. His most recent poetry collections include "Migration: Selected Poems 1951-2001," which won a 2005 National Book Award, and "The Shadow of Sirius," awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2009.
In 1999, he was named Poetry Consultant to the Library of Congress - the position now called Poet Laureate - a job he shared with Rita Dove and Louise Glck.
Merwin lives, writes and gardens on the island of Maui.
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