January 24, 2008 Love Poems To Be Read At Library of Congress Feb. 12
Press Contact: Donna Urschel (202) 707-1639
Public Contact: Patricia Gray (202) 707-5394
Need a little inspiration for writing those love notes on Valentine’s Day? An hour of listening to love poems at the Library of Congress could be the place to start. Noted poet and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller, Sally Bliumis-Dunn and Benjamin Morris will read poems about love from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the Mary Pickford Theater on the third floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. “Love Poems” is part of the Poetry at Noon series, sponsored by the Library’s Office of Scholarly Programs. The event is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are needed. Miller, who lives in Washington, D.C., is the director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University. His most recent volume of poetry is “How We Sleep on the Nights We Don’t Make Love” (2004). He has written six other books of poetry and has edited many anthologies, including the highly-acclaimed “In Search of Color Everywhere: A Collection of African American Poetry” (1994). Bliumis-Dunn of Armonk, NY, teaches modern poetry and creative writing at Manhattanville College. Her new book is titled “Talking Underwater” and was released in 2007. Morris, who hails from Mississippi, has been published in poetry journals in the United States and Great Britain. He has studied at Duke University and the University of Edinburgh and is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in cultural heritage studies at the University of Cambridge. The Poetry at Noon series is under the direction of Patricia Gray, coordinator of the Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress. The series showcases the talents of poets, both up-coming and widely known.