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´╗┐Graywolf Press author to read at Obama's Inauguration Alexander only the fourth poet in United States history to read at a presidential inauguration December 17, 2008 Elizabeth Alexander will be the fourth poet in United States history to read at a presidential inauguration. Previous inaugural poets were Robert Frost at the inauguration of John F. Kennedy, and Maya Angelou and Miller Williams at the inaugurations of William Jefferson Clinton. Graywolf Press will publish a chapbook featuring her original work to commemorate this historic event. Publisher and director of Graywolf Press Fiona McCrae was delighted by the news: This is a brilliant and absolutely right choice for the president of change. Elizabeth Alexander has established herself as an important voice for a new generation. She is a citizen poet The program participants were invited by the Joint Congressional Committee on nike id cleats Inaugural Ceremonies and chosen by the Chairman, the President elect, and the Vice President elect. In addition to Senator Feinstein, the members of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies include: Senator Bob Bennett, Ranking Member of the Senate Rules Committee; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid; Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi; House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer; and House Republican Leader John Boehner. Alice Quinn from the Poetry Society of America wrote,Elizabeth Alexander is an inspired choice for this historic role. She is a marvelous poet, an incisive and influential scholar, and one of the great citizens of the literary world. She recently edited The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks. She has read her work across the United States and in Europe, the Caribbean, and South America, nike tanjun sandals and her poetry, short stories, and critical prose have been published in numerous periodicals and anthologies. She has received many awards and honors, most recently the Alphonse Fletcher Sr. Supreme Courts Brown nike visor v. Alexander is a professor of African American Studies and American Studies at Yale University, and also teaches in the Cave Canem Poetry Workshop. She lives with her family in New Haven, Connecticut. Graywolf Press is an independent, not for profit publisher dedicated to the creation and promotion of thoughtful and imaginative contemporary literature essential to a vital and diverse culture. Graywolf has published significant books of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and translations for thirty five years, and has become one of the leading literary publishers in the country. Poetry has always remained at the heart of our work.