The 2007 Calabash International Literary Festival — Authors & Performers

A festival in the truest sense — earthy, inspirational, daring and diverse — the 2007 Calabash International Literary Festival has invited a selection of outstanding authors and performers, including Michael Ondaatje, Maryse Conde, Caryl Phillips, Roger Guenveur Smith, Elizabeth Alexander, Patricia Smith, Terrance Hayes, Jabari Asim and Mike Farrell.

Elizabeth Alexander
Wayne Armond
Jabari Asim
Gabeba Baderoon
D.Y. Bechard
Cindy Breakspeare
Peter Bunting
Maxine Case
Barry Chevannes
Maryse Conde
Ibo Cooper
Mike Farrell
Stevie Golding
Terrance Hayes
Kendel Hippolyte
Linda Susan Jackson
Shaun Johnson
Lloyd Jones
Felicia Luna Lemus
Joe Meno
Naeem Murr
Andrew O’Connor
Michael Ondaatje
Aaron Petrovich
Caryl Phillips
Pat Ramsey
David Adams Richards
Sereste Small
Roger Guenveur Smith
Patricia Smith


Elizabeth Alexander

Elizabeth Alexander was born in New York City and grew up in Washington, DC. She received a B.A. from Yale University, an M.A. from Boston University, and the Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania. Alexander has read her poetry and lectured on African-American literature and culture across the country and abroad. She has published four books of poems, The Venus Hottentot (1990), Body of Life (1996), Antebellum Dream Book (2001) and, most recently, American Sublime (2005), which was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. Her collection of essays, The Black Interior, was published in 2004, and her play, "Diva Studies," was produced at the Yale School of Drama. Her poems are anthologized in dozens of collections and have been translated into Spanish, German, Italian, and Bengali.

Her awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, two Pushcart Prizes, the Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at the University of Chicago, the George Kent Award, given by Gwendolyn Brooks, and a Guggenheim fellowship. She is an inaugural recipient of the Alphonse Fletcher, Sr. Fellowship for work that “contributes to improving race relations in American society and furthers the broad social goals of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision of 1954.” She has taught at Haverford College, the University of Chicago, New York University, and Smith College, where she was Grace Hazard Conkling Poet-in-Residence and first director of the Poetry Center at Smith College. She is presently Professor of American and African-American Studies at Yale University.

Program: America the Beautiful