Pablo Neruda (1904-73), one of the renowned poets of the twentieth century, was born in Ferral, Chile. He shared the World Peace Prize with Paul Robeson & Pablo Picasso in 1950, and he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1971.
Alastair Reidis a poet, prose writer, translator, and traveler. Born in Galloway, he served in the Royal Navy in wartime, and afterward left Scotland to live in a number of different countries. Since the 1950s, he has been a traveling correspondent forThe New Yorker. He has published more than forty books–of poems, essays, prose chronicles, and translations–and his writings have been widely translated. Ben Shahn(1898—1969) was a Lithuanian-born American artist. He emigrated to New York with his family in 1906, later attending New York University and the National Academy of Design. His work has appeared everywhere, from the cover ofTimeto the walls of New York’s Museum of Modern Art. He is best known for his works of social realism, his left-wing political views, and his series of lectures published asThe Shape of Content.
W. S. Merwin, 1927 - Poet W. S. Merwin was born in New York City in 1927. He has authored over fifteen books of poetry and some of those titles include "The River Sound" (Alfred A. Knopf, 1999), which was named a New York Times notable book of the year; "The Vixen" (1996), which won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; "The Carrier of Ladders" (1970), which won the Pulitzer Prize; and "A Mask for Janus" (1952), which was selected by W. H. Auden for the Yale Series of Younger Poets. He has also published books of translation, which include Dante's Purgatorio (Alfred A. Knopf, 2000), numerous plays and books of prose. Some of Merwin's honors include the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry, the Bollingen Prize, the Governor's Award for Literature of the State of Hawaii, the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, the PEN Translation Prize, the Shelley Memorial Award, the first Tanning Prize and a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Writers' Award. He also received fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation and a Ford Foundation Grant. He is a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets and received a five-year term as judge of the Yale Series of Younger Poets.