City Paper is not for tourists
E. Ethelbert Miller is a poet and the director of the African-American Resource Center at Howard University. He is the author of numerous books of poetry and a memoir of fatherhood.
When I contacted Miller about this portrait, we discussed the quality of the natural light in his office.
“Does your office face south?” I asked Miller. “In Washington, D.C., southern windows get good light.”
“My office faces Mecca,” Miller informed me.
“I’m sorry,” I said. “Which way is Mecca again?”
“I’m just kidding,” Miller said.