ELIZABETH ALEXANDER — award-winning poet, educator, memoirist, scholar, and cultural advocate — is president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the nation's largest funder of arts and culture and of humanities in higher education. Dr. Alexander has held distinguished professorships at Smith College, Columbia University, and Yale University, where she taught for fifteen years and chaired the African American Studies Department. She is chancellor emeritus of the Academy of American Poets and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; she serves on the Pulitzer Prize Board and codesigned the Art for Justice Fund. Notably, Alexander composed and delivered the poem "Praise Song for the Day" for the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama and is the author or co-author of fourteen books. Her collection of poems American Sublime was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 2006, and her memoir, The Light of the World, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Biography in 2015.
- The Best American Essays 2021 (p. 201). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
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