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W.S. Merwin takes the Library of Congress stage tonight

It's only hours before W. S. Merwin, the acclaimed poet and the latest U.S. Poet Laureate, gives his inaugural reading at the Library of Congress.

W.S. Merwin. (Courtesy: Matt Valentine)

Merwin will read at 7 p.m. in the Library's Coolidge Auditorium in the Jefferson Building, ushering in the library's 2010-2011 literary season.

Merwin is the country's 17th Poet Laureate. He has won two Pulitzer Prizes: in 2009 for "The Shadow of Sirius" and in 1971 for "The Carrier of Ladders." He also won the 2005 National Book Award for poetry for his collection "Migration: New and Selected Poems."

The reading is free and open to the public.

By Jacqueline Trescott  | October 25, 2010; 3:30 PM ET
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott  | Tags:  library of congress, poet laureate, pulitzer prize, w.s. merwin  
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