The author of several
collections of poetry, he has written two memoirs,
Fathering Words: The Making of An African American Writer
(2000) 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 anthology In Search of Color Everywhere was
awarded the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award in 1994.
In 1978 “E.
Ethelbert Miller Day” was proclaimed in D.C.
on September 28, 1978. Miller would receive
the Mayor’s Arts Award in 1982 for
Literature, the Public Humanities Award in
1988, the Columbia Merit Award in 1994, and
made an honorary citizen of Baltimore on
July 17, 1994.
On May 21,
2001 “ E. Ethelbert Miller Day” was
proclaimed in Jackson, Tennessee. In 2001
and 2003 he was honored at the National Book
Festival hosted by Laura Bush. In February
2007 he was awarded the Barnes & Noble
Writers for Writers Award by Poets and
In May 2007,
Miller was awarded a Virginia Center for
Creative Arts Fellowship. In June 2009 a Sea
Change Fellowship by the Gaea Foundation.
Mr. Miller has
taught at University of Nevada, Las Vegas,
American University, George Mason University
and Emory and Henry College. For a number of
years he was a core faculty member with the
Bennington Writing Seminars. He delivered
the Seminars commencement address in 1999,
2003 and 2013.
poetry has been translated into Spanish,
Portuguese, German, Hungarian, Chinese,
Farsi, Norwegian, Tamil and Arabic.
he was the founder and director of the
Ascension Poetry Reading Series which
presented hundreds of African American poets
and poets of color to the general public. In
1997 he worked with the Inter-Governmental
Philatelic Corporation (IGPC) and was
responsible for placing twelve African
American writers on postage stamps issued by
Ghana and Uganda. The writers honored were
Maya Angelou, Rita Dove, Mari Evans, Henry
Louis Gates, Jr, Charles Johnson, June
Jordan, Toni Cade Bambara, Sterling A.
Brown, Alex Haley, Stephen Henderson, Zora
Neale Hurston and Richard Wright.
Miller’s poems were selected for sculpture
installations at the Petworth and DuPont
Circle Metro stations.
Mr. Miller is
often heard on National Public Radio. He is
host and producer of The Scholars on
UDC-TV and writes a regular monthly column,
E on DC for Capital Community News.
His E-Notes has been a popular blog since
On April 19,
2015, Mr. Miller was inducted into the
Washington DC Hall of Fame.