Our Mission: Preserving the living legacy of W.S. Merwin, his home and palm forest, for future study and retreat.


The Merwin Conservancy was founded in Summer 2010 but has been more than three decades in the making. William Merwin, U.S. Poet Laureate, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and one of the most widely-read and distinguished poets of our time, has spent over 30 years planting, palm by palm, one of the most extensive private palm collections in the world. Simultaneously, Merwin has written poetry and prose that speak to and for the natural world, Hawaii, and the human condition, creating a body of work that is a rare literary achievement.


Currently, we are working on: a documentary film of Mr. Merwin and his life; a botanical cataloging of the over 800 palm species; and future use plans for the home and property.


“The publication of W. S. Merwin’s selected and new poems is one of those landmark events in the literary world.”—Los Angeles Times

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