Elizabeth Alexander

Elizabeth Alexander Named Director of Creativity and Free Expression at Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation today announced the appointment of poet, essayist, playwright, and scholar Elizabeth Alexander as director of its Creativity and Free Expression program. The appointment comes as the Ford also says that it’s shifting “its overall focus to addressing inequality.”

Alexander is the author of the book The Light of the World (2105), her memoir, as well as six books of poetry, including American Sublime (2005), which was chosen as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She wrote the poem “Praise Song for the Day” for President Barack Obama’s first inauguration.

Alexander will join as the foundation launches a year-long program for which a diverse group of artists, cultural leaders, scholars, and social activists will explore “the role of creativity and free expression in shaping a more equitable future,” in the foundation’s words. This initiative is also linked to the Ford’s Visiting Fellows Program, for which thirteen distinguished artists from across the globe are conducting research and participating in groups and workshops held at the foundation.