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Renowned poet W.S. Merwin to read at Reynolda House Museum of American Art


April 7, 2008


This event is sold out.

Pulitzer-prize winning poet and essayist W.S. Merwin, considered by many the greatest living American poet, will read from his work at 7 p.m. April 22 in Babcock Auditorium at Reynolda House Museum of American Art.  A reception and book-signing will follow the reading.

Admission to the event is free, but due to limited seating will be by reserved ticket only on a first-come, first-served basis.  For tickets, call Reynolda House at 758-5150. 

In a career spanning five decades, Merwin, 81, has published more than 20 collections of poetry and received numerous literary prizes, including the Yale Younger Poets Prize in 1957; the Pulitzer Prize in 1971; and a National Book Award in 2005 for “Migration,” a volume of his selected poems.  In 2004, he received a Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award.

A longstanding and outspoken commentator on environmental issues, Merwin now lives in Haiku, Hawaii, where he writes and cultivates a famous collection of rare palm trees. His recent poetry has been described as perhaps his most personal, arising from his deeply held beliefs and an intimate awareness of the natural world.

The event is being made possible through collaboration among Wake Forest’s Dillon Johnston Writers Reading Series, the North Carolina School of the Arts and the Kenan Writers’ Encounters series, a project of the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts.

For more information about the event, contact Conor O’Callaghan, visiting poet-in-residence at Wake Forest, at 758-3914.

Press Contacts:

Eric Frazier
(336) 758-5237


Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


Pulitzer-prize winning poet and essayist W.S. Merwin
Pulitzer-prize winning poet and essayist W.S. Merwin
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