Elizabeth Alexander


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in New York City, The United States
May 30, 1962

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Elizabeth Alexander is a Quantrell Award-winning American poet, essayist, playwright, university professor, and scholar of African-American literature and culture. She teaches English language/literature, African-American literature, and gender studies at Yale University. Alexander was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard during the 2007-08 academic year.

Alexander's poems, short stories, and critical writings have been widely published in such journals and periodicals as The Paris Review, American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, The Village Voice, The Women's Review of Books, and The Washington Post. Her play Diva Studies, which was performed at Yale's School of Drama, garnered her a National Endowment for the
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The Light of the World

4.03 avg rating — 6,583 ratings — published 2015 — 10 editions
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American Sublime: Poems

3.72 avg rating — 161 ratings — published 2005 — 2 editions
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The Venus Hottentot: Poems

3.64 avg rating — 146 ratings — published 1990 — 3 editions
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Crave Radiance: New and Sel...

4.06 avg rating — 79 ratings — published 2010 — 2 editions
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Praise Song for the Day: A ...

3.81 avg rating — 91 ratings — published 2009 — 4 editions
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Antebellum Dream Book

3.78 avg rating — 54 ratings — published 2001
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The Black Interior: Essays

4.16 avg rating — 44 ratings — published 2004
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Kerry James Marshall: Mastry

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4.83 avg rating — 24 ratings — published 2016
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Elizabeth Alexander Inaugur...

3.70 avg rating — 27 ratings — published 2009
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Body of Life: Poems

3.57 avg rating — 23 ratings — published 1997
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“The story seems to begin with catastrophe but in fact began earlier and is not a tragedy but rather a love story. Perhaps tragedies are only tragedies in the presence of love, which confers meaning to loss. Loss is not felt in the absence of love.”
Elizabeth Alexander, The Light of the World

“Poetry is what you find
in the dirt in the corner,

overhear on the bus, God
in the details, the only way

to get from here to there.”
Elizabeth Alexander

“...now I know my capacity for awe
is infinite: this thirst is permanent,
the well bottomless, my good fortune vast.”
Elizabeth Alexander

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