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Posts Tagged ‘W.S. Merwin’

American Writers Museum to Open in Chicago

The American Writers Museum is coming to downtown Chicago. This institution will be “dedicated to engaging the public in celebrating American writers and exploring their influence on our history, our identity, our culture and our daily lives.”

According to The Chicago TribuneMalcolm O’Hagan founded the American Writers Museum Foundation more than three years ago.

The foundation executives plan to open the museum’s doors sometime in 2015.

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W.S. Merwin Appointed Poet Laureate

merwin.jpgThe Librarian of Congress has appointed W.S. Merwin as the 17th Poet Laureate of the United States.

Merwin (pictured, via) has written for the last 60 years, winning the 2005 National Book Award and two Pulitzer Prizes. Currently, he is published by Copper Canyon Press. Last year the prestigious post was held by Kay Ryan, and other laureates have included Louise Gluck, Billy Collins, Robert Pinsky, and Rita Dove.

The Poetry Foundation has an excellent selection of his work. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington had this statement: “WMerwin is universally regarded as a premier figure in the literary world … His poems are often profound and, at the same time, accessible to a vast audience.”

Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

pulitzerl.jpgThe 2009 Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists were announced this afternoon at Columbia University.

Among the Pulitzer Prize winners in the Letters categories were: “Olive Kitteridge” by Elizabeth Strout for Fiction; “American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House” by Jon Meacham for Biography; “The Shadow of Sirius” by W.S. Merwin for Poetry; “Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II” by Douglas A. Blackmon for General Nonfiction; and “Ruined” by Lynn Nottage for Drama.

Earlier this year, GalleyCat interviewed the History winner, Annette Gordon-Reed at the National Book Awards. She won both prizes for “The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.”