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Derek Walcott
Walcott at an honorary dinner in Amsterdam, 20 May 2008
Born Derek Alton Walcott
23 January 1930 (1930-01-23) (age 90)
Castries, Saint Lucia
Occupation Poet, playwright, professor
Nationality Saint Lucian
Genres Poetry, plays
Notable work(s) Omeros
Notable award(s) Nobel Prize in Literature
T. S. Eliot Prize
Children Peter Walcott, Elizabeth Walcott-Hackshaw, Anna Walcott-Hardy


Derek Alton Walcott, OBE OCC (born 23 January 1930) is a Saint Lucian poet and playwright. He was awarded the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature. He is currently Professor of poetry at the University of Essex.

His works include the Homeric epic poem, Omeros (1990). 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.

Walcott was born on 23 January 1930 in Castries, Saint Lucia.

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