Elizabeth Alexander

Elizabeth Alexander is an American poet, essayist, playwright, and scholar. She is known for her expressive works that address a range of topics including race, gender, politics, and personal narrative. Alexander gained widespread attention when she composed and delivered her poem 'Praise Song for the Day' at the inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009. She has authored several books of poetry and essays, and her work has earned her numerous accolades and fellowships. In addition to her literary achievements, Alexander has served in academic roles at prestigious institutions and is a respected professor and cultural advocate.


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  1. 1. The Light of the World

    "The Light of the World" is a deeply moving memoir about the author's life with her husband, an Eritrean-born chef and painter, their love story, and the grief and healing she experiences after his sudden death. The book is a reflection on their family life, their shared passion for art, and the author's journey through the pain of loss. It's a poetic tribute to a life well-lived and the enduring power of love.