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    DEREK WALCOTT @ The New School A Legacy Conversation with DEREK WALCOTT interviewed by ELIZABETH ALEXANDER  We invite you for an evening of poetry and
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      DEREK WALCOTT @ The New School

      A Legacy Conversation with DEREK WALCOTT interviewed by ELIZABETH
      ALEXANDER 
      We invite you for an evening of poetry and conversation when Derek Walcott,
      winner of the 1992 Nobel Prize for Literature, is interviewed by Elizabeth
      Alexander. It is the ninth in a series of historic occasions where distinguished
      poets of the African Diaspora read from their work, discuss ideas on poetics,
      and examine the interplay between their personal and professional lives and
      their work.  Made possible through collaboration with the Creative Writing
      Department at the New School and funding from the Lila Acheson Wallace
      Theater Fund.

      Friday, December 2, 2005 @7 pm
      The Lang Student Center
      The New School University,
      55 W. 13th Street, 2nd Floor

      Free
       
      CONTACT:  Carolyn Micklem / Dante Micheaux  212-941-5720
       
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      Derek Walcott was born in Saint Lucia, the West Indies, in 1930, and began
      writing poetry at the age of eighteen. He graduated from the University of the
      West Indies, and in 1957 was awarded a fellowship by the Rockefeller
      Foundation to study the American theater. He is the founder of the Trinidad
      Theater Workshop, and his plays have been produced throughout the United
      States. His play Dream on Monkey Mountain won the Obie Award for
      distinguished foreign play of 1971. He received the 1992 Nobel Prize in
      Literature, a MacArthur Foundation "genius" award, a Royal Society of
      Literature Award, and, in 1988, the Queen's Medal for Poetry. He is an
      honorary member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
      Walcott teaches creative writing at Boston University every fall and lives the
      rest of the year in St. Lucia.
       
      Elizabeth Alexander was born in New York City and grew up in Washington,
      DC.  Her collections of poetry include American Sublime, Antebellum Dream
      Book, The Venus Hottentot, and Body of Life. Among her honors are a
      Guggenheim, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Pushcart
      Prize, the Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at the
      University of Chicago, and the George Kent Award, given by Gwendolyn
      Brooks. She currently teaches English and African American Studies at Yale
      University.
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