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Date: November 6, 2003 (03-90)
Contacts: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952; Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970

Poet E. Ethelbert Miller to Do Reading on Fatherhood
At Montgomery
College-Takoma Park Nov. 17

What constitutes a good father, a good husband? E. Ethelbert Miller, accomplished poet, father, husband, professor, and director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University, will reflect on his South Bronx childhood, in his book Fathering Words: the Making of an African American Writer. Miller will read and discuss the book on Monday, Nov. 17, from 11 a.m. to noon at Montgomery Collegeís Takoma Park Campus in the Commons Building, Bliss Room. The event is open to the public, free of charge.

Published in 2000, and released in paperback in April 2001, Fathering Words weaves together Millerís recollection of his development as an African American writer with another version of the experience in the voice of his sister Marie. The two viewpoints run side by side to create one tale of family love and survival, marked by their father Egbertoís role as an emotionally detached but reliable breadwinner. In his own words: "I wanted to be like my Father, the one he dreamed of being."

For event information, contact Robert L. Giron, English professor and coordinator of the MC-Takoma Park Honors Program, at 240-567-1379 or visit

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