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Dr. Alexander: 2009 Inaugural Poet
January 20, 2009, Volume 55, No. 18

The 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee has selected Penn alumna Dr. Elizabeth Alexander to deliver an original poem at today’s inauguration of President Barack Obama. Dr. Alexander received her PhD in English in 1992 at the University of Pennsylvania, and taught here in spring 2006 as well as in 1987-88. She is currently a professor at Yale and a Pulitzer finalist. A spokesman for the Obama inauguration described Dr. Alexander as “incredibly gifted” and the fact that she is selected “demonstrates the important role that the arts and literature can play in helping to bring our country together.” This is only the fourth time a poet has been included at an inauguration for a US president.




Almanac - January 20, 2009, Volume 55, No. 18