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.
Class of 2004
2004 Lifetime Achievement
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.
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
More than anything, LeBlanc shows how demanding poverty is. Her prose is plain and unsentimental, blessedly jargon-free, and including street talk only when one of her subjects wants to “conversate.” This fine work deserves attention from policy makers and general readers alike.
The Known World
Edward P. Jones
Impossible to rush through, “The Known World” is a complex, beautifully written novel with a large cast of characters, rewarding the patient reader with unexpected connections, some reaching into the present day.
Generations of Captivity
Berlin has long been concerned with studying what he termed the “striking diversity” in African-American life under slavery—a diversity that, he argues, is especially evident when one is attentive to differences over space and time.