We are pleased to welcome Elizabeth Alexander to the Academy of American Poets’ Board of Chancellors. She is the author of several collections of poetry, including Crave Radiance: New and Selected Poems 1990-2010 (Graywolf Press, 2010), and American Sublime (Graywolf Press, 2005), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. In 2009, she was selected to compose and recite a poem for President Barack Obama’s first Presidential Inauguration. Read her inaugural poem, “Praise Song for the Day,” and watch her Blaney Lecture on the late poet Lucille Clifton.