Washington D.C. poet E. Ethelbert Miller.

Washington D.C. poet E. Ethelbert Miller.

For more than 200 years the D.C. region has served as a haven for some of the finest poets in America. From verses penned by Walt Whitman and Louisa May Alcott during the Civil War, to the more contemporary stanzas of E. Ethelbert Miller and Naomi Ayala, the D.C. poetry scene is alive and thriving. As the 20th annual National Poetry Month comes to a close, Kojo speaks with Miller and the husband-wife poets Hayes Davis and Teri Cross Davis about their new collections and how poetry impacts our lives amid social, political and cultural upheaval.


  • Teri Cross Davis Poetry Program Coordinator, Folger Shakespeare Library; Author of the poetry collection "Haint"
  • Hayes Davis Poet; Author of the poetry collection "Let Our Eyes Linger"
  • E. Ethelbert Miller Poet, Writer and Literary Activist; Board chair, Institute for Policy Studies; Author, "The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller"

"Gaze" By Teri Ellen Cross Davis

"Inundated" By Hayes Davis

"Fix Something That Is Broken" By E. Ethelbert Miller

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