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Elizabeth Alexander at Phillips Exeter Academy

Phillips Exeter Academy Assembly Hall
Front Street
Exeter, NH 03833
United States

On Wednesday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m., Phillips Exeter Academy concludes its 2018–19 Lamont Poetry Series with a reading by award-winning poet, educator, memoirist, scholar and arts activist Elizabeth Alexander. The reading will take place on the second floor of the Academy Building in the Assembly Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

Event: 2019 Lamont Poet Elizabeth Alexander at Phillips Exeter Academy
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Phillips Exeter Academy, Academy Building, 53 Front Street, Exeter, NH
Admission: Free and public. No tickets necessary. Wheelchair accessible.

About the author

In 2009, Alexander delivered “Praise Song for the Day,” and original composition for the inauguration of President Barack Obama. She is author or co-author of 14 books, most recently a memoir, The Light of the World, which was a 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist. Her other works include Crave Radiance: New and Selected Poems 1990-2010 (Connecticut Book Award for Poetry and the Hurston-Wright Foundation Award for Poetry); American Sublime (2005); The Venus Hottentot (1990)as well as numerous essays, poems and fiction published in journals and anthologies.

Currently the president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Alexander has held distinguished professorships at Columbia University and Yale University. In addition, she served as the founding director of the Poetry Center and the Grace Hazard Conkling Poet-in-Residence at Smith College. She was also a founding faculty member of the Cave Canem Poetry Workshop. She is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, serves on the Pulitzer Prize Board and the advisory board of the African Poetry Book Foundation, and co-designed the Art for Justice Fund.

Alexander graduated with a B.A. from Yale University. She earned a master’s degree in English (creative writing) from Boston University and a doctorate in English from the University of Pennsylvania. She has been awarded honorary doctorates from Haverford College, Simmons College and the College of St. Benedict.

The Lamont Poetry Series is supported by the Lamont Fund, established in 1982 by Corliss Lamont, class of 1920, and former Academy Librarian Jacquelyn Thomas. Two poets are invited each year to read their works and discuss their craft with students in English classes. The first Lamont Poet, on April 27, 1983, was Jorge Luis Borges. More than 50 others have followed, including Denise Levertov, Seamus Heaney, Yusef Komunyakaa and C.K. Williams.

photo credit: Djeneba Aduayom

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