Friday, November 19, 1:30 PM
Gelman Library, George Washington University
The Special Collections Research Center at GWU’s Gelman Library will honor E-bert! — that’s E. Ethelbert Miller on the first day of his 6th Inning (read 60th birthday). When Ethelbert invited me to moderate the panel of family and friends on his writers roots, I asked “This isn’t going to be a roast is it?” Fortunately not. The Gelman Library houses all of Ethelbert’s papers. The event features discussion and comments by Ethelbert and his family and friends about his journey as a writer, as well as an examination and assessment of his work and a poetry reading with Sandra Beasley, Naomi Ayala, Ken Carroll, and Brian Gilmore. Accompanying the event is the exhibit “Call and Response,” which explores Miller’s life, major works, and their impact on those around him, both inside and outside the writing community.
I bought a bottle of “Poets Row” chardonnay from Trader Joe’s to pair. For more information, go to this link.
Update: Note correction of the Busboys and Poets location
Saturday, November 20, there will be a 6th INNING celebration/fundraiser for Ethelbert at Busboys and Poets (5th & K Streets, NW – 1025 5th Street). Proceeds will benefit two organizations where Ethelbert chairs the board — Provisions Library and the Institute for Policy Studies. Contributions will be divided 50/50 between the two organizations. Donations are requested to be in denominations of $60 ($60, $120, $180, $600, $6,000 etc.). There will be cake! For more information, visit http://www.ips-dc.org/events/celebrate_e_ethelbert_millers_6th_inning_with_ips_and_provisions_library