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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Elizabeth Alexander  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Poetry

Born: 1962 in New York, New York


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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.

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-- *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