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The below are past events.
Benefit Screening of Even Though the Whole World is Burning, a documentary film about W.S. Merwin’s life and work.
Directed by Stefan Schaefer and produced by Williams Cole, this first sneak peek of the film will begin with an introduction by John Burnam Schwartz and a short reading by Hector Elizondo. Beautifully shot in both Maui and France and with interviews by family, friends, poets and other significant personages, this documentary gives us pause to reflect on our own place on this earth.
Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013
Location: Seabury Hall’s Creative Arts Center
Time: Film begins at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:15. Pre-Film Reception with Paula & William Merwin begins at 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25; $40; and $100 for Pre-Film Reception & Film Presentation
“When you look up at the night sky, isn’t it amazing that we’re here at all? We’ve got this life, we got these moments, we can look up at the sky, we can see the whole thing. The likeliness of it doesn’t exist it’s so small…it’s so unlikely. And that’s the wildness, that’s the wildness that we’re a part of.” W.S. Merwin, from the film Even Though the Whole World is Burning
Sponsored by FIM Group. Thanks to their support, 100% of ticket sales will benefit The Merwin Conservancy, a 501(c)3 organization.
“Only a forest can make a forest,” says U.S Poet Laureate and two-time Pulitzer prize winner W. S. Merwin. He will read his own work about the evolution of the forest and sustainable ideas. “Through timeless chants, we access the wisdom of the kūpuna, and explore their relationship with the forest realm,” says Ulalia Woodside, kumu hula and land planner/ manager. She will chant Kau Ka Hāli‘a: A Memory Appears. Maui pianist and composer Gene Argel’s first ensemble work with 12 musicians, Alights on a Cloud, will premiere as a composition created for the forest as inspiration and teacher.
Date: Sunday, February 10, 2012
Place: The Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Castle Theatre
Time: 3 PM
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The Folding Cliffs: A Conversation with W.S. Merwin @ Maui’s Hui No’eau: September 19, 2012
An intimate evening gathering with W.S Merwin to celebrate and discuss his book-length narrative poem based on the true story of a small band of Hawaiians on Kauai in the 19th century. Enjoy this beautiful video, created by Tom Sewell, capturing some of the special moments of the event.
W.S. Merwin speaks at TEDEx Maui: January 22, 2012
A sold out audience opened their hearts and minds to a distinguished group of scientists, educators, artists, and activists at the inaugural TedxMaui event. W.S Merwin shared two poems, directing his first poem to Lisa Kristine, a fellow speaker that moved the audience with her photographs of modern day slavery. He dedicated his second poem to his wife, Paula, who was in attendance.
Inaugural Reading at the Library of Congress: October 10, 2010
W.S. Merwin, the newly-announced 17th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, an undisputed master who has won nearly every major literary award, opens the Library’s 2010-2011 literary season with a reading of his poetry.
According to the Library of Congrees News Release on October 15, 2012, “The Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced on July 1 the appointment of W.S. Merwin as the Library’s 17th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry.
In making the selection, Billington said, “William Merwin’s poems are often profound and, at the same time, accessible to a vast audience. He leads us upstream from the flow of everyday things in life to half-hidden headwaters of wisdom about life itself. In his poem ‘Heartland,’ Merwin seems to suggest that a land of the heart within us might help map the heartland beyond—and that this ‘map’ might be rediscovered in something like a library, where ‘it survived beyond/ what could be known at the time/ in its archaic/ untaught language/ that brings the bees to the rosemary.’”
A Webcast of Merwin’s reading can be found here.