The Northeastern Humanities Center and Darryl’s Corner Bar & Kitchen
A Celebration of Words and Music with Poets and Activists
E. Ethelbert Miller and Becky Thompson
with Bruce Owens and Friends, featuring Vocalist Chantal Ambroise
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 / 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Darryl’s Corner Bar and Kitchen
604 Columbus Avenue/ Boston, MA 02118
(617) 536-1100 / www.darrylscornerbarboston.com/
Questions? Contact Erika Koss at the Northeastern Humanities Center
Office line: 617-373-6812 / www.northeastern.edu/humanities/
Brief Bios of Poets
E. Ethelbert Miller is a literary activist. He was born in 1950 and grew up in the South Bronx.
A graduate of Howard University, he was one of the first students to major in African American Studies. Today he is the board chair of the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank located in Washington, D.C. Mr. Miller is also the director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University, a position he has held since 1974. In 1996, he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Literature from Emory and Henry College. He is the former chair of the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. The author of several collections of poetry, he has also written two memoirs, Fathering Words: The Making of an African American Writer and The 5th Inning (2009). Fathering Words was selected by the D.C. Public Library for its DC WE READ, one book, one city program in 2003. His poetry has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, German, Norwegian, Tamil and Arabic. He has taught at several universities and was a core faculty member with the Bennington Writing Seminars for several years. Mr. Miller is often heard on National Public Radio.
Becky Thompson—poet, scholar, yoga teacher—is the author of several books on social justice issues. Her book of poetry, Zero is the Whole I Fall into at Night, was an editor’s selection for the Main Street Publishing Company and winner of the Creative Justice 2011 Chapbook Prize. She is the chair of the sociology department at Simmons College and lives in Jamaica Plain with her rock-star daughter. Her upcoming book is Survivors on the Mat: Yoga Musing for Healing from Trauma.