Our country's poet laureates are selected with great care by the Librarian of Congress, who consults with the current and former laureates and poetry critics. While it's a pretty sweet honor, with a stipend and lots of freedom to work on their craft, poet laureates have a high bar set for bringing fresh ideas to the national poetry scene. Our current U.S. Poet Laureate, W.S. Merwin, will be in Boise on Wednesday, April 27, to share some of his fresh ideas.
Merwin has some lofty titles under his belt. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for two different books of poetry, first in 1971 for The Carrier of Ladders and the second in 2009 for The Shadow of Sirius. He was also awarded the National Book Award for poetry in 2005 for Migration: New and Selected Poems.
Merwin is the latest literary star to appear in Boise for The Cabin's Readings and Conversations series. And as a special treat, you can meet Merwin at an awesomely named pre-event reception, I Think Therefore Iambic, at Beside Bardenay. There will be appetizers and a no-host bar. Afterward, Merwin will read at the Egyptian Theatre.[ Video is no longer available. ]