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Derek Walcott 
Derek Walcott
Derek Walcott

Born: January 23, 1930 (age 87) in Castries

Derek Walcott


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Derek Alton Walcott, OBE OCC is a Saint Lucian poet and playwright.

He received the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature.

He is currently Professor of Poetry at the University of Essex.

His works include the Homeric epic poem Omeros, which many critics view "as Walcott's major achievement." In addition to having won the Nobel, Walcott has won many literary awards over the course of his career, including an Obie Award in 1971 for his play Dream on Monkey Mountain, a MacArthur Foundation "genius" award, a Royal Society of Literature Award, the Queen's Medal for Poetry, the inaugural OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature and the 2011 T.


Eliot Prize for his book of poetry White Egrets.

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The Problem with Poetry Students, and Other Lessons from Derek Walcott

One night in the fall of 2002, I was out to dinner at a Mexican restaurant with the poet Derek Walcott, who had been my professor in the graduate poetry program at Boston University. Another of my..
The New Yorker

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