Language. Nature. Imagination.
OUR MISSION: The Merwin Conservancy aims to inspire reverence for language, nature and the imagination. Its mission is to preserve the legacy and palm forest of W.S. Merwin and bring his values, as expressed through his work and the palm forest, out into the community through research, education and outreach.
William S. Merwin was appointed United States Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress in 2010. Merwin has received numerous accolades and awards over his six-decade career, including two Pulitzer Prizes for The Shadow of Sirius (2009) and The Carrier of Ladders (1971). A poet, translator, gardener and environmental activist, Merwin is one of the nation’s mostly widely read and honored poets.
I had long dreamed of having a chance, one day, to try to restore a bit of the earth’s surface that had been abused by human “improvement.” -W.S. Merwin
William and Paula Merwin have lived in Peahi Valley on the rugged north shore of Maui for the past three decades. Merwin initially bought the land in the late 1970s, and immediately set forth to both build an ecologically conscious home and to transform the “wasteland”, one sapling at time, into the rare, lush and thriving forest that it is today.
We are grateful to our partners for their support, vision and collaboration.
Our board of trustees, board of advisors, and staff members.