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Fathering Words: The Making of an African American Writer

Miller, E. Ethelbert

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ISBN 10: 0312270135 / ISBN 13: 9780312270131
Published by St. Martin's Griffin, New York, NY, 2001
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Glued binding. [12], 178, [2] p. Moving beyond the loss of both his father and brother, E. Ethelbert Miller tells the story of how love survived in his family. When Miller was about ten years old, his father told him how he considered leaving his mother. Years later, now a writer and a father, Miller looks back on the simple remark and how it shaped him. In Fathering Words, Miller explores his development as an African American writer, the responsibility of his chosen career, and his ambitions to raise the consciousness of Black people. From WIkipedia: "Eugene Ethelbert Miller, best known as E. Ethelbert Miller (born November 20, 1950) is an African-American poet and teacher. He is the author of nine books of poetry, two memoirs and is the editor of three poetry anthologies. His work has appeared in numerous publications including Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Poet Lore, and Sojourners. Miller was the founder and director of the Ascension Poetry Reading Series, one of the oldest literary series in the Washington area." Good. Signed by author. Inscribed on t-p. Cover has some wear and soiling. Front edge of cover slightly curled. Some page edge discoloration. First St. martin's Griffin Edition [stated]. First printing [st. Bookseller Inventory # 70051

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Title: Fathering Words: The Making of an African ...

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin, New York, NY

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Trade paperback

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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With ample insight, candor, and lyricism, poet, scholar, editor, and anthologist E. Ethelbert Miller reflects in these pages on his childhood in the South Bronx, his college days at Howard University, and his ongoing development as a husband, father, poet, and African American author. Fathering Words explores how Miller's family and friends shaped his life—in particular, his father Egberto, who came to the U.S. from Panama, and his older brother Richard, who became a monk and died young. With straightforward honesty punctuated by humor and warmth, the quietly pensive Miller offers a memoir of individual as well as universal truth—an original yet familiar story of fathers and sons, families and responsibilities, artistry and awareness.

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E. Ethelbert Miller is a founding member of the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C., and a commissioner for the D.C. Commision on the Arts and Humanities. He has served as a visiting professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; an associate faculty member of Bennington College; and the Jessie Ball DuPont Scholar at Emory & Henry College. MIller has won several honors, including the 1995 O.B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize and an honorary doctorate of literature from Emory & Henry College. The editor of several anthologies, including In Search of Color Everwhere, Miller lives in Washington, D.C.

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