W. S. Merwin was born in New York City in 1927. He is the two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning author of dozens of books of poetry and prose, including Poetry for Migration: New and Selected Poems, winner of the 2005 National Book Award. His other awards include the Tanning Prize for mastery in the art of poetry, the Bollingen Award, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, and the 2006 Bobbitt Poetry Prize for Present Company (Copper Canyon Press, 2005), as well as fellowships from the Rockefeller and Guggenheim foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts. Merwin lives in Hawaii.
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