Established Authors Series

Willow Books is honored to have within its ranks established authors who are continuing to build upon their venerable literary legacies.

The 2014 Established Author is T.J. Anderson, III, author of Cairo Workbook.

About T.J. Anderson, III

T.J. Anderson III has an MFA from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from Binghamton University.  A former Fulbright Scholar at Cairo University, he is the author of Notes to Make the Sound Come Right: Four Innovators of Jazz Poetry (University of Arkansas Press), River to Cross (Backwaters Press), the Spoken-Word CD, Blood Octave (Flat Five Recordings), and the chapbook At Last Routjandersonnd Up (lift books).  He teaches courses in jazz literature, poetry and performance, and creative writing at Hollins University. Anderson is also the co-founder of the improvisational music duo Trancepoetica (

Coming 2016

The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller

2016 Established Author E. Ethelbert Miller is a writer and literary activist. He was born in 1950 and grew-up in New York City. A graduate of Howard University, he was one of the first students at that institution to major in African American Studies. Today he is the board chair of the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank located in Washington, D.C. Miller is the director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University. He is editor of Poet Lore, the oldest poetry magazine published in the United States. In 1996, he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Literature from Emory and Henry College. Mr. Miller has been a Fulbright Senior Specialist Program Fellow in 2004 and 2012.

Miller is the founder and former chair of the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. The author of several collections of poetry, he has also written two memoirs, Fathering Words: The Making of an African American Writer (2000) and The 5th Inning (2009). Fathering Words was selected by the D.C. Public Library for its DC WE READ, one book, one city program in 2003. In 2013, Fathering Words will be released as an ebook by Black Classics Press. Recently Miller began serving as host and producer of the television show The Scholars, which airs on UDC-TV. In August 2012, he started writing E ON DC, a monthly newspaper column published by Capital Community News.

Miller’s poetry has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, German, Hungarian, Chinese, Farsi, Norwegian, Tamil and Arabic.He has taught at UNLV, American University, George Mason University, and Emory and Henry College. For several years he was a core faculty member with the Bennington Writing Seminars.He is also a regular on National Public Radio.

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