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Elizabeth Alexander

Elizabeth Alexander

Keynote Speaker: Renowned Poet Known For Inauguration Poem "Praise Song for the Day"

Elizabeth Alexander Biography

Elizabeth Alexander is a prize-winning and New York Times bestselling author, renowned poet, educator, scholar, and cultural advocate. She is also president of the Mellon Foundation, the nation’s largest funder in the arts, culture, and humanities.

Dr. Alexander’s book, "The Trayvon Generation," is a galvanizing meditation on the power of art and culture to illuminate America’s unresolved problem with race and the challenges facing young Black Americans. Among the fifteen books she has authored or co-authored, her poetry collection "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 and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2015. Other works include Crave Radiance: "New and Selected Poems 1990–2010," "Power and Possibility: Essays, Reviews, Interviews," "The Black Interior: Essays," "Antebellum Dream Book," "Body of Life," and "The Venus Hottentot."

Over the course of an esteemed career in 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 has been awarded the Jackson Poetry Prize, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the George Kent Award, the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and three Pushcart Prizes for Poetry. Notably, Dr. Alexander composed and delivered “Praise Song for the Day” for the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Dr. Alexander is Chancellor Emeritus of the Academy of American Poets, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, serves on the Pulitzer Prize Board, and co-designed the Art for Justice Fund.

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What topics does Elizabeth Alexander speak about?

Elizabeth Alexander is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Inspirational, Diversity, Creativity, Poetry, Disruptive Thinking, Big Think, News & Media, Political, Education, Literary, Authors and Television & Film.

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Elizabeth Alexander is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Inspirational, Diversity and Creativity. The estimated speaking fee range to book Elizabeth Alexander for live events is $20,000 - $30,000. Please contact us for virtual event fees. Elizabeth Alexander can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Temple Grandin, Sonia Nazario and Erin Gruwell. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Elizabeth Alexander for an upcoming event.

Elizabeth Alexander Videos

Elizabeth Alexander
The privilege of perspective ft. Elizabeth Alexander
Creative process: Are you in a period of ‘woodshedding’?
NYU 2019 Commencement Speaker Elizabeth Alexander
Elizabeth Alexander at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival

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