W.S. Merwin was Poet Laureate of the United States in 2010-11. He has received most of the principal prizes in American poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize (twice), the Bollingen Prize and the Tanning Prize and a Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award. Bloodaxe published his Selected Poems in 2007, prior to which his poetry had been unavailable in Britain for over 35 years. As well as being an internationally renowned poet, W.S. Merwin is the author of many classic translations, including editions of Neruda, Dante, The Song of Roland, The Poem of the Cid, and (from Bloodaxe) Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. His latest titles from Bloodaxe are Selected Poems (2007); The Shadow of Sirius (2009), which won him his second Pulitzer Prize and was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation; and The Moon Before Morning (2014), also a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. His latest collection, Garden Time, is forthcoming in 2016. Born in New Jersey City in 1927, he taught at several universities, and now lives on the Pacific island of Maui, where he tends to his writing and to his garden of rare and endangered palm trees.
'There are few great poets alive at any one time, and W.S. Merwin is one of them. Read him while he is still contemporary' - Fiona Sampson, Guardian