Edward Hirsch, Jane Hirshfield, Naomi Shihab Nye, Kevin Young
Friday, Mar 20 2020, 7:00 PM
McCoy Studio Theater
The Merwin Conservancy presents Edward Hirsch, Jane Hirshfield, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Kevin Young in the Green Room. These renowned poets and tireless poetry advocates convene for an evening dedicated to the life and literary legacy of W.S. Merwin, concluding the Memorial Series of the Merwin Conservancy's popular Green Room arts and ecology salons.
Three of the evening’s guests are returning Green Room alumni: Edward Hirsch, poet, educator, and devoted poetry advocate spoke at the “90th Birthday Tribute to W.S. Merwin” edition in September 2017; Jane Hirshfield, poet and translator, was a presenter in 2016; Naomi Shihab Nye makes her third return to the series, this time as the “Young People’s Poet Laureate,” appointed to the post in 2019 by the Poetry Foundation.
Joining these alumni in the Green Room for the first time is The New Yorker poetry editor Kevin Young, who also directs the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and is widely considered one of the leading poets of his generation.
All four poets will read from their own work, and will also read and reflect on selections from W.S. Merwin’s prolific career as a poet and translator in this evening held in his memory. A 42-year Maui resident and fierce advocate for the environment, W.S. Merwin died on March 15th, 2019 at his home in Ha‘iku.
The presentation will be followed by a book-signing at a courtyard reception with refreshments.
The Memorial Series of the Green Room is presented by Aqua Aston Hospitality and is made possible with the generous support of the Atherton Family Foundation and Casa de Flores. All profits from the event benefit the local nonprofit Merwin Conservancy.
About Jane Hirshfield
Jane Hirshfield, described by The Washington Post as belonging “among the modern masters” and by The New York Times as “passionate and radiant,” addresses the urgent immediacies of our time. Her poems and essays traverse the crises of the biosphere and social justice, abiding in the intersections of facts and imagination, desire and loss, impermanence and beauty—all the dimensions of our existence within what one poem calls “the pure democracy of being.” Her nine poetry books include The Beauty, long-listed for the 2015 National Book Award; Given Sugar, Given Salt, a finalist for the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award.... read more
About Edward Hirsch
Edward Hirsch is a celebrated poet and peerless advocate for poetry. His devotion to poetry is life-long. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Ingram Merrill Foundation Award, a Pablo Neruda Presidential Medal of Honor, the Prix de Rome, and an Academy of Arts and Letters Award. In 2008, he was elected Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. read more
About Naomi Shihab Nye
Naomi Shihab Nye describes herself as a “wandering poet.” She has spent over 40 years traveling the country and the world to lead writing workshops and inspiring students of all ages. Nye was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother and grew up in St. Louis, Jerusalem, and San Antonio. Drawing on her Palestinian-American heritage, the cultural diversity of her home in Texas, and her experiences traveling in Asia, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and the Middle East, Nye uses her writing to attest to our shared humanity. She is author and/or editor of more than 30 volumes.. read more
About Kevin Young
Kevin Young is director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and is widely regarded as one of the leading poets of his generation. Young is also poetry editor at The New Yorker. Also an editor, essayist, and curator, Young has written eleven books of poetry, including Brown (2018), a New York Times Notable Book, Blue Laws: Selected & Uncollected Poems 1995-2015 (Knopf, 2016), and Jelly Roll: a blues (Knopf, 2003), which were both longlisted for the National Book Award (Jelly Roll was a finalist). ... read more