Poet; Director of Creativity and Free Expression, Ford Foundation; Wun Tsun Tam Mellon Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University
Elizabeth Alexander is director of creativity and free expression at the Ford Foundation and Wun Tsun Tam Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. She has taught at University of Chicago, New York University’s graduate creative writing program, and Smith College, where she was a poet in residence and directed the Poetry Center. Alexander was on Yale’s faculty for 15 years, chairing its African American Studies Department. She’s the author of six books of poetry, including 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist American Sublime. Among her honors are grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and NEA, and the Anisfield-Wolf Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry. She is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.