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Lamont Poet Reading
Start Date: 4/17/2019Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Date: 4/17/2019End Time: 8:30 PM

Event Description:

Phillips Exeter Academy  concludes its 2018–2019 Lamont Poetry Series with a reading by award-winning poet, educator, memoirist, scholar, and cultural advocate Elizabeth Alexander.

Alexander is author or co-author of fourteen books, most recently a memoir,
The Light of the World, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2015. In 2009 she composed and delivered “Praise Song for the Day” for the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Among Alexander’s many works include the books 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); plus numerous essays, poems and fiction published in journals and anthologies.

Currently the president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Elizabeth 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, and 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.

 Elizabeth Alexander received her BA from Yale University, her MA in English (Creative Writing) from Boston University and her Ph.D. 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 reading will be held in the Assembly Hall, located on the second floor of the Academy Building on Front Street. The event is free and open to the public.

photo: © Djeneba Aduayom

Location Information:
Phillips Exeter Academy - Academy Building  (View Map)
53 Front Street
Exeter, NH 03833
Rockingham
Room: Assembly Hall -Main
Contact Information:
Name: Ms. Gail Scanlon
Phone: 603-777-3328
Email: gscanlon@exeter.edu
© Djeneba Aduayom
Who Can Attend:
Free and open to the public.
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