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                                                                                                Oct. 6, 2003


CUA Writers’ Series Features Two Noted Poets


Washington, D.C., poets Judith Harris and E. Ethelbert Miller will read from their forthcoming collections at a presentation this week at The Catholic University of America.


Harris and Miller will appear as part of the CUA English Department’s continuing writers’ series. Their reading will take place at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, in Great Room A of the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. Afterward the poets will sign copies of their books. 


Harris, adjunct assistant professor of English at George Mason and George Washington universities, will read from her upcoming collection, “The Bad Secret,” to be published in 2005 by LSU Press. Miller, director of Howard University’s African-American Resource Center since 1974, will read from his new collection, “How We Sleep On The Nights We Don't Make Love” to be published in February 2004 by Curbstone Press in Connecticut.


Miller, former chair of the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C., is the 1995 recipient of the O.B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize, a major national award given annually by the Folger Shakespeare Library. A core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College, Miller is also the editor of several anthologies that celebrate the writing of African-American poets.


Miller’s anthology, “In Search of Color Everywhere: A Collection of African-American Poetry,” was awarded the 1994 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award and also was a Book of the Month Club selection.


His poems reflect the influence of the blues and the themes of love, acceptance and African-American life, according to CUA Associate Professor of English Rosemary Winslow. A dynamic reader, Miller is a writer whose work often exemplifies the African-American tradition of oral poetry, Winslow says.


Harris is the author of several collections of poetry including “Atonement,” published in 2000 by LSU Press. Atonement was nominated for the Ingham-Merrill, Lenore Marshall, William Carlos Williams and Kingsley Tufts prizes. Harris also is the author of a critical work titled “Signifying Pain: Constructing and Healing the Self Through Writing,” a collection of essays about writers whose suffering has prompted literature that transcends difficult life experiences.


Winslow says that Harris’ poems “are deep with complex feelings about loss, love and family. Her writing also is highly lyrical and mixes religious myths with myths about popular culture.”


A reception will follow the reading, which is free and open to the public.


For more information about the event, contact the Department of English at 202-319-5488. Media interested in covering the reading must contact Chris Harrison at 202-319-5600.




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