Appointed United States Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress in 2010, William Stanley Merwin has a career that has spanned six decades. A poet, translator, gardener and environmental activist, Merwin has become one of the most widely read and honored poets in America. Merwin is the author of over fifty books of poetry, translation, and prose. His collections include Migration: Selected Poems 1951-2001 (2005), which won the National Book Award, and The Shadow of Sirius (2008), which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize (his second Pulitzer). His other accolades include the Bollingen Prize, the Tanning Prize, the Lilly Prize, the Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award and the Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress.