Poet Elizabeth Alexander elected to Pulitzer Prize Board

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Posted: May 31, 2016 6:38 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Poet Elizabeth Alexander has been elected to the Pulitzer Prize Board, which selects the winners of the awards recognizing excellence in journalism, books, drama and music.

New York's Columbia University made the announcement Tuesday. Alexander has written six books of poetry, including one that was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 2005. She also wrote a memoir that was a Pulitzer finalist this year.

Alexander recited one of her works at Democratic President Barack Obama's first inauguration. She also has taught at Yale University, New York University and the University of Chicago. She currently works at the Ford Foundation.

She has been elected to a three-year term on the 19-member board.

Columbia University manages the prizes, which are announced in April.