Elizabeth Alexander to read from her memoir ‘The Light of the World’

A reading and book signing marking the publication of “The Light of the World,” the newest work by Yale professor Elizabeth Alexander will take place 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22 at the Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St.

The event is free and open to the public.

Alexander is the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry and professor of African American studies and American studies. “The Light of the World is a memoir in which Alexander reflects on the sudden death of her husband, Ficre Ghebreyesus, and her attempt to find meaning in its aftermath. As she struggled to make sense of this loss, Alexander turned to poetry, music, and her own writing for companionship and refuge. Her memoir examines both her individual search for gratitude and peace, as well as the universal struggle for understanding and acceptance in times of loss.

Copies of “The Light of the World” will be available for purchase after the reading.

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