You are reading an article printed from Places, the journal of public scholarship on architecture, landscape, and urbanism. Read more at placesjournal.org.
Stand up for work that matters. Support Places Journal.
Elizabeth Alexander is a renowned poet, essayist, playwright, and scholar who is a professor at Columbia University and Director of Creativity and Free Expression at the Ford Foundation. Her latest book is the memoir The Light of the World.
Hello, holy rollers who plug in their amps, blow out the power in the building, preach to the street from the stoop.