Derek Walcott

Saint Lucian–Trinidadian poet and playwright (1930–2017)

Derek Alton Walcott, OBE OCC (23 January 1930 – 17 March 2017) was a Saint Lucian poet and playwright. He was awarded the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature.[1] He served as Professor of poetry at the University of Essex until his death in 2017.

Derek Walcott
Walcott at an honorary dinner in Amsterdam, 20 May 2008
Walcott at an honorary dinner in Amsterdam, 20 May 2008
BornDerek Alton Walcott
(1930-01-23)23 January 1930
Castries, Saint Lucia
Died17 March 2017(2017-03-17) (aged 87)
Gros Islet, Saint Lucia
OccupationPoet, playwright, professor
NationalitySaint Lucian
GenrePoetry, plays
Notable worksOmeros
Notable awardsNobel Prize in Literature
T. S. Eliot Prize
ChildrenPeter Walcott, Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw, Anna Walcott-Hardy


His works include the Homeric epic poem, Omeros (1990).[2][3] In besides to having won the Nobel, Walcott has won many literary awards over the course of his career including an Obie Award in 1971 for his play Dream on Monkey Mountain, a MacArthur Foundation "genius" award, a Royal Society of Literature Award, the Queen's Medal for Poetry, and the 2011 T. S. Eliot Prize for his book of poetry, White Egrets.[4]

Walcott was born on 23 January 1930 in Castries, Saint Lucia.[5][3]

Walcott died at his home in St. Lucia on 17 March 2017.[6] He was 87.



  1. Nobel profile
  2. Poetry Foundation article on Walcott
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Derek Walcott", Poetry Foundation
  4. "TS Eliot prize goes to Derek Walcott for 'moving and technically flawless' work", Guardian 24 January 2011
  5. "Derek Walcott, The Art of Poetry No. 37", The Paris Review Winter 1986
  6. "Derek Walcott has died". St. Lucia Times. 17 March 2017. Archived from the original on 18 March 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017.

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