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Born in New York City, the award-winning poet E. Ethelbert Miller received his B.A. from Howard University. He is director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University, a position he has held since 1974. He has published numerous poetry collections, including "Whispers, Secrets, and Promises "(Black Classic Press, 1998) and "First Light: New and Selected Poems" (1994). His sixth edited collection of poetry is "African American Poetry for the 21st Century" (Black Classics Press, 2002). He is also the author of the memoir "Fathering Words: The Making of an African American Writer" (St. Martin's, 2000). Mr. Miller lives in Washington, D.C.