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Release: Aug. 28, 2002
Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott Will Be UI Ida Beam Lecturer
poet Derek Walcott, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, will present
a free reading at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 in Shambaugh Auditorium of the University
of Iowa Main Library. Walcott will be on the UI campus as an Ida Beam Visiting
Lecturer through the International Writing Program (IWP), English Department,
and Writers' Workshop..
In announcing the 1992 Nobel Prize, the Swedish Academy proclaimed of Walcott,
In him West Indian culture has found its great poet. Born on St.
Lucia in the Windward Islands, Walcott now shares time between Trinidad and
the United States.
Walcott has called himself a mulatto of style, and his work explores
the tensions and syntheses of his mixed heritage -- Europe and African/Caribbean.
His recent published works include the poetry volumes Collected Poems:
1948-1984, The Arkansas Testament, The Bounty,
Omeros and Tiepolo's Hound; the essay collection What
the Twilight Says; and a variety of non-fiction books about the Caribbean.
His Nobel lecture was published as The Antilles: Fragments of Epic Memory.
The founder of the Trinidad Theatrical Workshop, Walcotts dramatic
works include Dream on Monkey Mountain, Ti-Jean and His
Brothers, The Last Carnival and a stage adaptation of The
Odyssey. He has also collaborated on musicals with Galt McDermott, the
creator of Hair, and contributed to Paul Simons The
In addition to the Nobel Prize, his honors include an Obie Award for distinguished
foreign play, a MacArthur Foundation genius award, a Royal Society
of Literature Award, and the Queens Medal for Poetry. He is an honorary
member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
During his visit to the UI, Walcott will also offer a seminar for the IWP
and students in the Writers Workshop.
Ida Beam, a native of Vinton, willed her farm to the UI Foundation in 1977.
Her only university connection was a relative who graduated from the College
of Medicine. With proceeds from the sale of the farm, the UI established a
fund to bring a variety of top scholars to the university for lectures and
Founded in 1967, the IWP was the first international writers residency
at a university, and it remains unique in world literature. The IWP brings
established writers of the world to the UI, where they become part of the
lively literary community on campus. Over the years, nearly a thousand writers
from more than 115 countries have completed residencies in the program. This
falls program includes 36 writers from 30 countries.
To learn more about the IWP, visit <
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information, visit www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa
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