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Saint Lucian poet and playwright Sir Derek Alton Walcott, KCSL OBE OCC, has died. Walcott became the first Caribbean writer to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature when he won in 1992. He served as a professor of Poetry at the University of Essex from 2010 to 2013. His first published poem, “1944” appeared in The Voice…

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The latimes.com reports that Amiri Baraka died Thursday after weeks of failing health, a family spokesperson confirmed. He was 79. A playwright, poet, critic and activist, Baraka was one of the most prominent and controversial African American voices in the world of American letters. He was born Everett LeRoi Jones on Oct. 7, 1934, in…

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