Renowned Saint Lucian poet and playwright Sir Derek Alton Walcott, SLC, OBE, OCC, winner of the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature, passed away at his home in Saint Lucia on Friday, March 17, 2017, at the age of 87.
The Consulate General of Saint Lucia in New York invites those wishing to honor this literary giant to record their thoughts in a book of condolence presently opened at the offices of the Consulate General of Saint Lucia and Permanent Mission of Saint Lucia to the United Nations, 800 Second Avenue, 5th floor, New York City, from Tuesday, March 21 through Friday, March 24, 2017, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
A Professor of Poetry at the University of Essex from 2010 to 2013, Walcott’s works include the epic Omeros (1990), considered by many critics to be his “major achievement.” In addition to winning the Nobel Prize, Sir Derek Walcott received many other literary awards during his lifetime: an Obie Award for his play Dream on Monkey Mountain (1971), a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship “genius grant” (1981), the T.S. Eliot Prize for his book of poetry White Egrets (2011), and the Griffin Trust Lifetime Recognition Award for Excellence In Poetry (2015).
A memorial tribute to Sir Derek Walcott, details of which will be made public shortly, is being planned for the near future.