Episode from the podcastHelga

Elizabeth Alexander

Released Tuesday, 5th May 2020
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“I studied dance and it turned out that I communicate more with words.”
Poet and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation President, Elizabeth Alexander joins Helga to share her thoughts on what it means to live a life alongside words, how we maintain relationships with one another, and what the world looks like after loss. 

Elizabeth Alexander – poet, educator, memoirist, scholar, and cultural advocate – is president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She has held distinguished professorships at a number of Universities across the country and delivered “Praise Song for the Day” for the inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009. She is author or co-author of fourteen books, including American Sublime, and The Light of the World. Find out more about her work here.