Co-sponsored by The Kent Stage and Western Reserve Folk Arts Association. The Ohio premiere screening of Even Though the Whole World is Burning, an intimate portrait of Poet Laureate, two-time Pulitzer-winner, and environmentalist W.S. Merwin. Directed and produced by Stefan Schaefer, the film chronicles Merwin’s significant place in 20th century poetry, translation, and poetics, and highlights connections between Merwin’s environmental interests and activism and his writing life. Much of the film is shot on location at Merwin’s home in Hawaii, a recovered pineapple plantation that is now recognized as one of the greatest living palm collections in the world. The film is 82 minutes in length.