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Derek Walcott

2004 Lifetime Achievement

Lifetime - Derek Walcott
Derek Walcott, winner of the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature, was born in St. Lucia, Windward Islands, the West Indies, and has maintained a permanent residence in Trinidad for more than 20 years. During the academic year he teaches at Boston University. In 1957 he was awarded a fellowship by the Rockefeller Foundation to study American theater. Walcott founded the Trinidad Theater Workshop, and his plays have been produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and the Negro Ensemble Company. Dream on Monkey Mountain won the Obie Award for distinguished foreign play of 1971. Walcott’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Kenyon Review, The New York Review of Books, The Nation, London Magazine, Antaeus and other periodicals. He has published a number of books on poetry, including: Selected Poems (1964); Collected Poems 1948-1984 (1986); Omeros (1990) and Tiepolo’s Hound (2000). Walcott has won the Guinness Award for Poetry, a Royal Society of Literature Award, the New Statesman’s Jock Cambell Award and the Welsh Arts Council International Writers Prize. He is and honorary member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and was awarded the Queen’s Medal for Poetry in 1988.
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Blog Posts about Derek Walcott

"Poetry Is An Island" Documentary Hits The Mark On Derek Walcott And His Beloved St. Lucia

14766792367_1ac1b3e05a_z The melodic beckoning of Caribbean steel-pan drum greeted guests at the Midwestern premier of Dutch filmmaker Ida Does' Derek Walcott documentary, "Poetry Is An Island." The title, and inspiration for the film, came from Walcott's acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992. A dozen years later, Walcott won an Anisfield-Wolf Lifetime Achievement award. Karamu House actor Cornell Calhoun III brings Derek Walcott's "Dream on Monkey Mountain" to life at the recent screening of "Poetry Is An Island." Photo credit | Frank... Read More →

Derek Walcott Documentary, "Poetry Is An Island," To Premiere At Karamu House

Nobel laureate Derek Walcott in his home in St. Lucia Nobel laureate Derek Walcott in his home in St. Lucia "Poetry Is An Island," the new film directed by Dutch filmmaker Ida Does, presents poet and playwright Derek Walcott in his element: his home island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean. Place has proved central to the Nobel Laureate in his writings about the island, colonialism and beauty.  He won a Lifetime Achievement Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in 2004. "I wanted to feel and smell St. Lucia in the same palpable way that I experience Walcott’s poetry," Does said in a recent interview. "When... Read More →

New Poetry Anthology Moves Grown Men To Tears -- And That Is Precisely The Point

Poems That Make Grown Men Cry Anthologies are tricky – and a new one called “Poems That Make Grown Men Cry” might seem like a gimmick. But readers who venture here will find that London editors Anthony and Ben Holden, a father and son, have come up with an engaging conversation-starter and a new angle on some marvelous work. They asked 100 men to write a brief introduction to a poem that choked them up. The “vast majority are public figures not prone to tears,” writes Anthony Holden, “as is supposedly the manly way, but here prepared to admit to caving in when... Read More →

Chairing the Jury

Chairing the jury for the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards is one of the single pleasures of my life. The thought that a poet – a white, female poet – had the foresight to endow a prize to honor excellence and diversity, at the height of the Great Depression, is something of a miracle, isn't it? And in a few days, we will honor her commitment to racial equality and justice by recognizing this year's winners of her prize, the 76th such occasion. It is humbling to thumb through the names of previous winners, including Langston Hughes and Zora Neale... Read More →