DiVerse Gaithersburg is delighted to welcome E. Ethelbert Miller and Katherine E. Young for a special online discussion with DiVerse Gaithersburg host Lucinda Marshall about writing poetry during the pandemic on May 17th at 7 pm on Zoom. In order to join us, you will need the log-on information which will be sent out by email. If you are not already on our email list, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the log-on particulars.
Writing poetry in a world where everything has changed so suddenly presents both challenge and opportunity and we hope that this discussion will be of interest and use to everyone who is writing in this challenging time. There will be time for Q&A and perhaps time for a few poems to be shared as well.
E. Ethelbert Miller is a writer and literary activist. He is the author of two memoirs and several books of poetry including The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller, a comprehensive collection that represents over 40 years of his work. He is host of the weekly WPFW morning radio show On the Margin with E. Ethelbert Miller and host and producer of The Scholars on UDC-TV. In recent years, Miller has been inducted into the 2015 Washington DC Hall of Fame and awarded the 2016 AWP George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature and the 2016 DC Mayor’s Arts Award for Distinguished Honor. In 2018, he was appointed as an ambassador for the Authors Guild. Miller’s most recent book If God Invented Baseball, published by City Point Press, was awarded the 2019 Literary Award for poetry by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.
Katherine E. Young is the author of Day of the Border Guards, 2014 Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize finalist, and two chapbooks. Her translations of Russian-language poetry and prose have won international awards. She is a 2020 Arlington County individual artist grantee, a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts translation fellow, and from 2016-2018 she served as the inaugural poet laureate of Arlington, Virginia.