Elizabeth Alexander
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Alexander is a poet, essayist, playwright, and teacher and author of five books of poems including American Sublime, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, a young adult collection, two collections of essays and a play “Diva Studies.” She composed and delivered “Praise Song for the Day” for the first inauguration of President Barack Obama. Other awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Guggenheim fellowship. She is currently chair of the African American Studies Department at Yale University.