[Press Release] The Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Empowerment, Youth Development, Sports, Culture and Local Government extends our condolences to the family and friends of the renowned Saint Lucian Writer Dr. Garth St Omer who died in Santa Barbara, CA (USA).
He was a man who believed that the work must stand on its own and speak for itself. During the early 1950s St Omer was part of a group of artists in Saint Lucia that included Roderick and Derek Walcott and the artist Dunstan St Omer. He attended St. Mary’s College and studied with Father Charles Jesse, himself a prolific writer.
His first publication was Syrop (1964), followed by A Room on the Hill (1968), Shades of Grey (1968), Nor Any Country (1969) and J-, Black Bam and the Masqueraders (1972).
In the 1970s he moved to the USA, where he completed a doctoral thesis at Princeton University in 1975.
In 2001 he received The Saint Lucia Medal of Merit (Gold) while in 2017 as part of its Icon Series the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) celebrated this son of the soil.