Walter Palm was
born in 1951 in the Dutch Caribbean on the island of
Curacao. Already as a student he made his debut as a
He grew up in an artistic environment. His family is known
in Curacao as the music family of the island. His
grandfather was a distinguished and aristocratic composer
who was befriended with the famous pianist Arthur Rubinstein.
The grandfather of his grandfather was the founding father
of the typical music from Curacao. Music of the Netherlands
Antilles” (University Press of Mississippi) by Jan Brokken
contains more information in English about the musical side
of the family Palm.
He has published in English,
Dutch and his native language
In 1971 he made his debut with two English poems:
long conversation" and "Little tin soldiers".
In 1978 he published
"Winds of Words", a collection
of poems written in English.
After visiting the tunnel at the Alma Bridge in Paris where
the fatal car-accident occurred on the 31st of august 1997
in which Lady Di and Dodi died, he wrote
of Dodi and Lady Di"
In 1998 his poem “Make-up” was published in the American
In 2001 he has been appointed Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau.
On the occasion of the inauguration of Barack Obama as the
president of the United States
on the 20 of january 2009,
he wrote the poem
"There are no walls".
After the sudden death of Michael Jackson on the 25th of
June 2009 he wrote the poem
In 2014 he published
"A serenade for my
a collection of love poems written in English.