Lecture by Elizabeth Alexander
April 7, 2009
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Elizabeth Alexander was selected to compose and deliver a poem at the
inauguration of President Barack Obama at the United States Capitol on
January 20, 2009. She is the fourth poet to be so honored.
Elizabeth Alexander is one of the most vital poets of her generation.
She has published five books of poems: The Venus Hottentot (1990), Body
of Life (1996), Antebellum Dream Book (2001), American Sublime (2005),
which was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and was one of
the American Library Associationï¿½s ï¿½Notable Books of the Year;ï¿½
and, most recently, her first young adult collection (co-authored with
Marilyn Nelson), Miss Crandallï¿½s School for Young Ladies and Little
Misses of Color (2008 Connecticut Book Award). Her two collections of
essays are The Black Interior (2004) and Power and Possibility (2007),
and her play, ï¿½Diva Studies,ï¿½ was produced at the Yale School of
Drama. She is the 2007 winner of the first Jackson Prize for Poetry,
awarded by Poets and Writers. Other awards include a National Endowment
for the Arts Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, the George Kent Award,
given by Gwendolyn Brooks, and a Guggenheim fellowship. She is a
professor of African American Studies at Yale University as well as
incoming chair of that department.
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