W.S. Merwin Named Poet Laureate
Local poetry publisher Copper Canyon Press has announced that the Library of Congress has named W.S. Merwin Poet Laureate of the United States
. Merwin is the second Copper Canyon poet to be named Poet Laureate in the last ten years (Ted Kooser
was Laureate from 2004 to 2006.)
Copper Canyon has set up a form in which you can send Merwin your congratulations (be nice, kids). You can read a brief biography of Merwin and read many examples of his poetry over at the mind-bogglingly comprehensive Poetry Foundation profile page.