Elizabeth Alexander was born in New York City and raised in Washington, DC. She is the author of five books of poems: Crave Radiance (2010), American Sublime (2005), Antebellum Dream Book (2001), Body of Life (1997), and The Venus Hottentot (1990), as well as a book of poems for children, co-written with Marilyn Nelson, Miss Crandall's School for Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color (2008). Alexander's two books of essays are Power and Possibility (2007) and The Black Interior (2004). In 2009, she read her poem "Praise Song for the Day" at the first inauguration of President Barack Obama. She is chair of the African American Studies Department at Yale University and teaches in the Cave Canem Poetry Workshop.
Beltway Poetry Quarterly: http://www.beltwaypoetry.com/poetry/poets/names/alexander-elizabeth/
Submitted by Kim Roberts, December 2013