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.
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."
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.
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.
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