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    Inaugural Poet Has D.C. Ties was originally published on City Desk on Dec. 17, 2008, at 5:44 pm

    It was announced today that we’ll have the first poet reading at an inauguration in more than a decade: Elizabeth Alexander, the much-decorated author of, among other books, the poetry collection The Venus Hottentot and American Sublime, a Pulitzer finalist. Alexander, who currently teaches at Yale, is a D.C. native; her mother, Dr. Adele Logan Alexander, is a history professor at George Washington University, and her father, Clifford Alexander, served as Secretary of the Army during the Carter administration.