E. (Eugene) Ethelbert Miller was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1950. He attended Howard University and received a BA in African American studies in 1972. A self-described “literary activist,” Miller is on the board of the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive multi-issue think tank, and has served as director of the African American Studies Resource Center at Howard University since 1974. His collections of poetry include Andromeda
(1974), The Land of Smiles and the Land of No Smiles
(1974), Season of Hunger / Cry of Rain
(1982), Where Are the Love Poems for Dictators?
(1986), Whispers, Secrets and Promises
(1998), and How We Sleep on the Nights We Don’t Make Love
Miller is the editor of the anthologies Women Surviving Massacres and Men
(1977); In Search of Color Everywhere
(1994), which won the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award and was a Book of the Month Club selection; and Beyond the Frontier
(2002). He is the author of the memoir Fathering Words: The Making of an African American Writer
The mayor of Baltimore made Miller an honorary citizen of the city in 1994. He received a Columbia Merit Award in 1993 and was honored by First Lady Laura Bush at the White House in 2003. Miller has held positions as scholar-in-residence at George Mason University and as the Jessie Ball DuPont Scholar at Emory & Henry College. He has conducted writing workshops for soldiers and the families of soldiers through Operation Homecoming.
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