Born in DC, May Miller is a poet and playwright also associated with the Harlem Renaissance. She attended Paul Lawrence Dunbar high school in the District and, beginning at age 16, Howard University. Her father, Kelly Miller — for whom the Ward 7 middle school is named — founded the sociology department at Howard.
Lillian-Yvonne Bertram is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. They teach creative writing there, direct Chautauqua Institution Writers’ Festival, and published several books of poetry. They are one-sixth of the “Line Assembly” project.
Publisher’s blurb about the 2019 Travesty Generator. “Like a ghost in the machine, Travesty Generator remixes programming codes and turns them to ruminate on the intersections of race and gender. Rhythmic, hypnotic, and percussive, the poems are iterative and suggest the infinite recursions of nano data.”
Born in Saffuriya, Galilee, Taha Muhammad Ali lived many years in Nazareth and began writing and publishing poetry in the 1970s. Biography at Poetry Foundation. Additional background and poems at Poetry International. Short interview and reading on PBS “weekly poem.”
TVL1 podcast (2014), includes reading from “Twigs” —
In the video below, after Peter Cole reads two of his own poems, he does his half of what would have been a duet with Taha Muhammad Ali, for “Meeting at an Airport” (starts at:325)
Reading in Arabic by the poet and in English by translator Peter Cole, plus English interview.
from the collection So What: New and Selected Poems (with a Story): 1971-2005. Translated by Peter Cole, Yahya Hijazi, and Gabriel Levin. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 2006.
Reading Contents (Arabic precedes English in each reading):