Biographies Derek Walcott (1930-2017)

Derek Walcott was born in Castries, Saint Lucia, in the West Indies in 1930. The recipient of the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature, he is the author of 27 poetry collections, including In a Green Night (1962); Tiepolo’s Hand (2000); White Poems (2007); and, most recently, Morning, Paramin (2016). Walcott’s play Dream on Monkey Mountain (1970) won the Obie Award for Distinguished Foreign Play in 1971. His other honors include the Royal Society of Literature Award, the 1988 Queen’s Medal for Poetry, and fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. An honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the founder of the Boston Playwrights’ Theater at Boston University, Derek Walcott taught literature and writing at Boston University for more than two decades. He died in 2017.

Audio Recordings of Derek Walcott

Selected Works at the Library of Congress