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~Poet and Playwright Derek Walcott to Read from his Works~

For immediate release:
Nov. 20, 2001


Mary Ann Hill
Phone: 781-283-2373

WELLESLEY, Mass. - West Indian poet and playwright Derek Walcott will read from his works Friday, Nov. 30, at 4:30 pm in Alumnae Hall on the Wellesley College campus. The event is free and open to the public. Click here for links to directions and a campus map.

A native of the West Indies who now divides his time between Trinidad and Boston, where he holds a teaching position at Boston University, Walcott was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992 for what the award committee called "a poetic oeuvre of great luminosity, sustained by a historical vision, the outcome of a multicultural commitment."

A writer of extraordinary depth and range, Walcott examines issues of life, love and identity in the post-colonial world, combining Classical, Caribbean, English and African traditions. Many of Walcott's works explore the conflict between the heritage of European and West Indian culture and his own role as one who navigates among cultures.

He made his poetic debut in 1948 with 25 Poems, and is the author of many other works, including "Dream on Monkey Mountain," Omeros, and Collected Poems: 1949-1984. His most recent work, a collection of plays entitled The Haitian Trilogy, is scheduled to be published late in 2001 by Farrar Straus & Giroux.

Founded in 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in liberal arts and the education of women for 125 years. The College's 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students.


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