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October 4, 2007


Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott to Read at TGH

Poet and playwright Derek Walcott, recipient of the 1992 Nobel Prize for Literature, will give a reading at Bryn Mawr College on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Thomas Great Hall.

Walcott has distinguished himself in lyric, dramatic and narrative poetry through such works as Dream on Monkey Mountain, Omeros, The Prodigal, Tiepolo's Hound, The Bounty and The Arkansas Testament. His essays, including his Nobel lecture, "The Antilles: Fragments of Epic Memory," are gathered in the volume What the Twilight Says. His new Selected Poems, edited by Edward Baugh, appeared in the spring of 2007.

He is best known for his epic poem Omeros, a reworking of the Homeric story and tradition into a journey around the Caribbean and beyond to the American West and London.

Critic Peter Balakian describes Walcott's work as "an epic song that has already taken its place in the history of Western literature."

Walcott is the founder of the Trinidad Theatre Workshop and a prolific playwright. He has published more than 20 plays, many of which deal with the culture and politics of the West Indies in the postcolonial period.

A professor at Boston University, Walcott also founded the Boston Playwright's Theater.

In addition to his Nobel Prize, Walcott has received an Obie award for his play Dream on Monkey Mountain, a MacArthur Foundation "genius" award, a Royal Society of Literature Award, and, in 1988, the Queen's Medal for Poetry.

Free and open to the public, Walcott's appearance is part of the College's yearlong Creative Writing Program Reading Series, which features award-winning poets, fiction and nonfiction writers and playwrights.  For further information, contact the Office for the Arts at 610-526-5210.

The reading is sponsored by the Marianne Moore Fund for the Study of Poetry.

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