E. Ethelbert Miller
former chair of the Humanities Council of Washington DC, is a
core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars at
Bennington College. He has been the director of the
African American Resource Center at Howard University since
In Search of Color Everywhere (1994) was awarded the 1994
PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award. The anthology was also a Book
of the Month Club selection.
Mr. Miller was one of the 60 American authors
selected and honored by Laura Bush and The White House at the
First National Book Festival, September 8, 2001.
Mr. Miller has served as a visiting professor at
the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and adjunct professor
at American University. In 1996 he was the Jessie Ball
DuPont Scholar at Emory & Henry College. He was
scholar-in-residence at George Mason University for the
Spring 2000 semester, and the 2001 Carell
Writer-in-Residence at Harpeth Hall School in Nashville,
Mr. Miller is the founder and director of the
Ascension Poetry Reading Series, one of the oldest
literary series in Washington, D.C. He currently serves on
the boards of the Institute for Policy Studies, and
Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts.
He is also an advisory editor for the African American Review,
an advisory board
member of Arts & Letters: Journal of Contemporary
Culture, a contributing editor to Callaloo and
Editorial Advisor for the Black Issues Book Review. Mr.
Miller is one of the editors of Poet-Lore magazine.
Mr. Miller is a Commissioner for the D.C. Commission
on the Arts and Humanities. He is an honorary member of the
Arts Club of Washington.
Mr. Miller is a former board member of the PEN American Center,
The PEN/Faulkner Foundation, the Edmund Burke School and
the Associating Writing Programs.
For several years he hosted the popular weekly radio program
Maiden Voyage on WDCU-FM,as well as Vertigo on the Air on
WPFW-FM. He is often heard on National Public
Radio (NPR). He currently hosts Humanities Profiled on DCTV.
In 1979, the Mayor of Washington D.C. proclaimed September 28,
1979 as E. Ethelbert Miller Day. Mr. Miller was awarded the Mayor's Art
Award for Literature in 1982. He received the Public
Humanities Award from the D.C. Humanities Council in 1988.
In 1993 the literary community of Washington awarded him
the Columbia Merit Award. On July 17, 1994, the Mayor of Baltimore
made him an honorary citizen of the city of Baltimore.
Mr. Miller was awarded the 1995 O.B. Hardison
Jr. Poetry Prize. In May 1997 he was presented with the
Stephen Henderson Poetry Award by the African American
Literature and Culture Society. In 2001, the Mayor of
Jackson, Tennessee, proclaimed May 21, 2001 as E. Ethelbert Miller Day.
Mr. Miller received an honorary
doctorate of literature from Emory & Henry College
on May 18, 1996.
In 1997, Mr. Miller working with the
Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corporation (IGPC)
was responsible for placing twelve African American
writers on postage stamps issued by Ghana and
Uganda. The writers honored were: Maya Angelou, Rita
Dove, Mari Evans, Henry Louis Gates Jr, Charles Johnson,
June Jordan, Toni Cade Bambara, Sterling A. Brown,
Alex Haley, Stephen Henderson, Zora Neale Hurston
and Richard Wright.
Mr. Miller has traveled to Iraq, England, Russia, Cuba ,
Tanzania, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and
Nicaragua. He presently lives in Washington D.C. with his
wife Rev. Denise King-Miller and his two children,
Jasmine-Simone (Boston University) and Nyere-Gibran
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Bibliography of Works by E. Ethelbert Miller
E. Ethelbert. Andromeda.
Boulder Creek, CA: Chiva P, 1974.
Land of Smiles and The Land of No Smiles. Boulder Creek, CA: Chiva
An Anthology of Washington D.C. Black Poetry. Edited
by Ahmos Zu-Bolton, II and E. Ethelbert Miller. Washington D.C.:
Energy BlackSouth P, 1975.
Surviving Massacres and Men.
Ed. E. Ethelbert Miller. Washington, D.C.: Anemone P, 1977.
E. Ethelbert. Migrant
Worker. Washington, D.C.: Washington Writer’s Publishing House,
Season of Hunger/Cry of Rain. Detroit, MI:
Lotus P, 1982.
the Love Poems for Dictators?
Greensboro, NC: Open Hand, 1986, 2001.
Search of Color Everywhere.
Ed. E. Ethelbert
Miller. New York: Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 1994.
First Light. Baltimore, MD: Black
Classic P, 1994.
Whispers, Secrets and Promises.
Baltimore: MD: Black
Classic P, 1998.
Words: The Making of An African American Writer.
York: St. Martin’s,
Weeping in Winter.
Red Wing, MN: Red
Dragonfly P, 2001.
The Frontier: African-American Poetry for the 21st
Century. Ed. E. Ethelbert
Baltimore, MD: Black Classic P, 2002.
How We Sleep
on the Nights We Don’t Make Love
CT: Curbstone P,
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The 5th Inning by E. Ethelbert Miller
The 5th Inning is poet and literary
activist E. Ethelbert Miller's second memoir. Coming after
Fathering Words: The Making of An
African American Writer
(published in 2000), this book finds Miller returning to
baseball, the game of his youth, in order to find the
metaphor that will provide the measurement of his life.
Almost 60, he ponders whether his life can now be entered
into the official record books as a success or failure.
The 5th Inning is one man's examination
of personal relationships, depression, love and loss. This
is a story of the individual alone on the pitching mound or
in the batters box. It's a box score filled with
remembrance. It's a combination of baseball and the blues.
To see a clip of Ethelbert reading
The 5th Inning click here:
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The New Jim Crow
Mass Incarceration in the Age of
By Michele Alexander
Contrary to the
rosy picture of race embodied in Barack
Obama's political success and Oprah
Winfrey's financial success, legal
scholar Alexander argues vigorously and
persuasively that [w]e have not ended
racial caste in America; we have merely
redesigned it. Jim Crow and legal racial
segregation has been replaced by mass
incarceration as a system of social
control (More African Americans are
under correctional control today... than
were enslaved in 1850). Alexander
reviews American racial history from the
colonies to the Clinton administration,
delineating its transformation into the
war on drugs. She offers an acute
analysis of the effect of this mass
incarceration upon former inmates who
will be discriminated against, legally,
for the rest of their lives, denied
employment, housing, education, and
public benefits. Most provocatively, she
reveals how both the move toward
colorblindness and affirmative action
may blur our vision of injustice: most
Americans know and don't know the truth
about mass incarceration—but her
carefully researched, deeply engaging,
and thoroughly readable book should
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Blacks in Hispanic Literature: Critical Essays
Blacks in Hispanic Literature is a
collection of fourteen essays by scholars and
creative writers from Africa and the Americas.
Called one of two significant critical works on
Afro-Hispanic literature to appear in the late
1970s, it includes the pioneering studies of
Carter G. Woodson and
Valaurez B. Spratlin, published in the 1930s, as
well as the essays of scholars whose interpretations
were shaped by the Black aesthetic. The early
essays, primarily of the Black-as-subject in Spanish
medieval and Golden Age literature, provide an
historical context for understanding 20th-century
creative works by African-descended, Hispanophone
writers, such as Cuban
Nicolás Guillén and Ecuadorean poet, novelist,
Adalberto Ortiz, whose essay analyzes the
significance of Negritude in Latin America. This
collaborative text set the tone for later
conferences in which writers and scholars worked
together to promote, disseminate, and critique the
literature of Spanish-speaking people of African
descent. . . .
Cited by a
literary critic in 2004 as "the seminal study in the
field of Afro-Hispanic Literature . . . on which
most scholars in the field 'cut their teeth'."
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The White Masters of the
The World and Africa, 1965
By W. E. B. Du Bois
W. E. B. Du Bois’
Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization
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