E. Ethelbert Miller

Judged: Oct-Dec 2007

E. Ethelbert Miller

E. Ethelbert Miller is a literary activist. He is a board member of The Writer’s Center and editor of Poet Lore magazine. The author of several collections of poems, his last book How We Sleep On The Nights We Don’t Make Love (Curbstone Press, 2004) was an Independent Publisher Award Finalist. Mr. Miller received the 1995 O.B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize. He was awarded in 1996, an honorary doctorate of literature from Emory & Henry College. In 2003 his memoir Fathering Words: The Making of An African American Writer (St. Martin’s Press, 2000), was selected by DC WE READ for its one book, one city program sponsored by the D.C. Public Libraries. In 2004, Mr. Miller was awarded a Fulbright to visit Israel. Poets & Writers presented him with the 2007 Barnes & Noble/ Writers for Writers Award. Mr. Miller is often heard on National Public Radio (NPR).


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