Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Interview of the day: Elizabeth Alexander

Time recently interviewed Elizabeth Alexander, who read a poem at President Obama's inauguration this morning. 
How do you think your body of work is relevant to Obama's election?
I'm very attentive to history and to a historical understanding of any given present as a way of both looking back and moving forward. That theme resonated throughout the Obama campaign.

We're also of the same generation. Seeing him rise to this mighty challenge and go with such grace and brilliance through the campaign has made a lot of my age peers and me say we're going to step up our game. We're going to contribute. We're going to do more. We're going to work harder. We want to be better.

Here's Alexander's home page.