Body of Life

Trade Paper – $14.95

ISBN 978-1-882688-12-8
Publication Date
January 1997
Page Count
85 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

Body of Life

Elizabeth Alexander

Tia Chucha Press is proud to reprint Elizabeth Alexander’s “Body of Life,” first published in 1996 and a collection that stands as a testament to the well-wrought line with the deeply threaded elements of history, ancestors, jazz, and family that mark the rare power inherent in Ms. Alexander’s work. Her selection as the Inaugural Poet for 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama is well deserved—she is one of the most fresh and vital voices in American literature today.

About the Author

Elizabeth Alexander is a poet, essayist, playwright, and teacher born in New York City and raised in Washington, DC. Alexander has degrees from Yale University and Boston University and completed her Ph.D. in English at the University of Pennsylvania. She has published five books of poems, including The Venus Hottentot (1990), Body of Life (1996), Antebellum Dream Book (2001), and American Sublime (2005), which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and an American Library Association's "Notable Books of the Year." Most recently she published her first young adult collection (co-authored with Marilyn Nelson), Miss Crandall's School for Young Ladies and Little Misses of Color (2008 Connecticut Book Award). Her two collections of essays are The Black Interior (2004) and Power and Possibility (2007). Alexander is also the 2007 winner of the first Jackson Prize for Poetry, awarded by Poets and Writers. She currently teaches in the Department African American Studies at Yale University.


“Elizabeth's designation as President Obama’s inaugural poet coincides with Tia Chucha Press celebrating twenty years of publishing some of the best cross-cultural poetry in the country. The most important poetry is thriving in small presses—many of America's best poets began with small presses.”—Tia Chucha Press founder/editor Luis Rodriguez