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April 17: Poet Elizabeth Alexander Will Speak at Carnegie Mellon's Adamson Awards


Jonathan Potts

Poet Elizabeth Alexander Will Speak at
Carnegie Mellon's Adamson Awards

PITTSBURGH—Award-winning poet Elizabeth Alexander will speak at 8 p.m., Friday, May 4, when Carnegie Mellon University's English Department holds it annual Adamson Awards to honor student writers. The awards ceremony will take place in the Adamson Wing of Baker Hall on the Carnegie Mellon campus.     

Alexander has authored four poetry collections, including "American Sublime," which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She has received two Pushcart prizes, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from the University of Chicago, the George Kent Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Alexander is a professor of African American studies at Yale University.        

The Adamson Awards honor student writers for their work in fiction, poetry, screen writing and nonfiction. Awards include the Pauline Adamson Awards, the Academy of American Poets Prize, the Margaret Smith Cushing Award and the Carnegie Mellon University Press Prize.    

The Adamson Awards are supported by an endowment established by the late Clarence Adamson, a Carnegie Mellon alumnus, in memory of his wife, Pauline. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Carnegie Mellon English Department at 412-268-2850.