14 May 2015 - 00:00
Co-sponsored by the Committee on Creative Writing. Poet, essayist, playwright & professor Elizabeth Alexander discusses her memoir, which transforms the unexpected death of her husband into a compelling, heartfelt work of art.
About the book: In The Light of the World (pub. date April 21, 2015), Elizabeth Alexander finds herself at an existential crossroads after the sudden death of her husband. Channeling her poetic sensibilities into a rich, lucid prose, Alexander tells a love story that is, itself, a story of loss. As she reflects on the beauty of her married life, the trauma resulting from her husband’s death, and the solace found in caring for her two sons, Alexander universalizes a very personal quest for meaning in the wake of loss.
About the author: Professor Elizabeth Alexander is a poet, essayist, playwright and teacher. She was recently named a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, as well as the inaugural Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University. In 2009, she composed and delivered “Praise Song for the Day” for the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Her upcoming memoir, The Light of the World, will be released in April, 2015.