ELIZABETH ALEXANDER is a renowned poet, essayist, memoirist, and scholar who is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and the Wun Tsun Tam Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. She has been recently appointed President of the Andrew H. Mellon Foundation. In 2009, she composed and delivered “Praise Song for the Day” for the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Professor Alexander was twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, in poetry and in biography. Her latest book, the memoir The Light of the World, was released to great acclaim and named by Michelle Obama as her favorite book of 2015.
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