An influential author and poet, Walter Stanley “W.S.” Merwin, sadly passed away on Friday, March 15th in his sleep. He died in Hawaii at 91 years old. Copper Canyon Press first announced the sad news to the public.
“With profound sadness, we share the news that W.S. MERWIN, former United States poet laureate, Poets.org Chancellor, environmental activist, literary translator, and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author, passed away this morning at the age of 91,” the publishing company said in a statement.
According to NBC News, he won several notable awards throughout his lifetime including the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1971 and 2009, a National Book Award in 2005, and many others. He was raised with Presbyterian beliefs but ended his life practicing Buddhism, in which he corporated into his poetry.
When he started writing, he reportedly recited scripture and remembered fairy tales. This eventually grew to Merwin writing books, poetry, plays, translations, and many other pieces.
Many people paid a tribute to the late writer via social media. Read a few of the heartwarming tributes below:
Please pray for Merwin’s friends, family, and loved ones during this difficult time. In other recent news, a rock and roll icon is in need of prayer after suffering from a stroke.