Elizabeth Alexander

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General Information

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Name: Elizabeth Alexander

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Born: 1962 in New York, New York

Website: http://elizabethalexander.net

Email: elizabeth.alexander@yale.edu


Photo Credit: C.J. Gunther

Illinois Connection

  • Alexander taught at the University of Chicago

Biographical and Professional Information

Elizabeth Alexander is a poet, essayist, playwright, and teacher born in New York City and raised in Washington, DC. Alexander has degrees from Yale University and Boston University and completed her Ph.D. in English at the University of Pennsylvania.

Published Works

  • The Venus Hottentot, Graywolf Press, 1990
  • Body of Life, Graywolf Press, 1996
  • Antebellum Dream Book, Graywolf Press, 2001
  • The Black Interior, Graywolf Press, 2004
  • American Sublime, Graywolf Press, 2005
  • American Blue, Bloodaxe Books, 2006
  • Power and Possibility: Essays, Reviews, and Interviews, University of Michigan Press, 2007
  • Miss Crandall’s School for Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color, Wordsong, 2007 - written with Marilyn Nelson
  • Praise Song for the Day: A Poem for Barack Obama's Presidential Inauguration, Graywolf Press, 2009
  • Crave Radiance: New and Selected Poems 1990-2010, Graywolf Press, 2012
  • The Light of the World: A Memoir, Grand Central Publishing, 2016

Titles at Your Library

The Venus Hottentot: Poems

ISBN: 1555973922
Release Date: 2004-01-01

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Antebellum Dream Book

ISBN: 155597354X
Release Date: 2001-09-01

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The Black Interior: Essays

ISBN: 1555973930
Release Date: 2004-01-01

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American Sublime: Poems

ISBN: 1555974325
Release Date: 2005-10-01

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American Blue

ISBN: 1852247304
Release Date: 2006

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Power and Possibility: Essays, Reviews, and Interviews (Poets on Poetry)

ISBN: 0472069373
Release Date: 2007-08-10

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The Light of the World: A Memoir (Pulitzer Prize in Letters: Biography Finalist)

ISBN: 1455599867
Release Date: 2016-09-06

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Literary Awards

  • Her work, American Sublime, was one of three finalists for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize.
  • Inaugural recipient, Jackson Poetry Prize, $50,000. Grant by anonymous nomination, administered by Poets and Writers, Spring 2007
  • Alphonse Fletcher, Sr., Fellowship, 2005 (inaugural year of the program)
  • John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, 2002
  • Visiting Fellow, Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University, 1999-2000. Fellow, 2005-2008
  • Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Chicago, 1997
  • Chicago Humanities Institute Fellowship, 1993-1994
  • Fellow, Ragdale Foundation, Summer 1994
  • NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, 1992
  • Fellow, Corporation of Yaddo, Summers 1990 and 1991
  • Scholar-in-Residence, Haverford College, 1990-1991
  • 2008 Connecticut Book Award for Miss Crandall’s School for Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color
  • Named Barack Obama's Presidential Inaugural Poet - 2009

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (No)

External Links

Elizabeth Alexander on WorldCat

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