Readings in Tribute to John Edgar Wideman
A Free Event Co-sponsored with The Writer's Center
OCTOBER 29TH 2021 @ 7:00 PM EDT - 8:00 PM EDT
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Featuring E. Ethelbert Miller, Kyoko Mori, and Morowa Yejidé, and a response from John Edgar Wideman
E. Ethelbert Miller is a literary activist and author of two memoirs and several poetry collections. He hosts the WPFW morning radio show On the Margin with E. Ethelbert Miller and hosts and produces The Scholars on UDC-TV which received a 2020 Telly Award. Most recently, Miller received a grant from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and a congressional award from Congressman Jamie Raskin in recognition of his literary activism. His latest 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. Miller has two forthcoming books: When Your Wife Has Tommy John Surgery and Other Baseball Stories and the little book of e.
Kyoko Mori’s award-winning first novel, Shizuko’s Daughter (1993), was hailed by the New York Times as “a jewel of a book, one of those rarities that shine out only a few times in a generation.” Her many critically acclaimed works include the non-fiction books Yarn: Remembering the Way Home (2010), Polite Lies: On Being a Woman Caught Between Two Cultures (1998), and The Dream of Water (1994) and the novels Stone Field True Arrow (2000) and One Bird (1995). Her essays and short stories have appeared in The American Scholar, the Harvard Review, the Kenyon Review, and the Best American Essays, among others. She has taught at Harvard University and Goucher College and is currently on the faculty of George Mason University and Lesley University's Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing. She lives in Washington, DC.
Morowa Yejidé, a native of Washington DC, is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Time of the Locust, which was a 2012 finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize, long-listed for the 2015 PEN/Bingham Prize, and a 2015 NAACP Image Award nominee. She lives in the DC area with her husband and three sons. Her second novel, Creatures of Passage, was published in 2021.