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Daniel Schwarz DC poetry oral history collection

Identifier: MS2320

Scope and Contents

This collection contains oral histories with E. Ethelbert Miller, Kim Roberts, and Sarah Browning. The folders include the recording on CD and a printed transcript as well as a short biographical sheet. These oral histories were conducted between October - November 2012.

As a student in Professor Daniel Kerr’s Oral History class at American University, Daniel Schwarz decided to interview three poets who have made significant contributions to the DC-area poetry scene: Sarah Browning, E. Ethelbert Miller, and Kim Roberts. Over the course of these interviews, the poets describe the ways in which they have witnessed the local poetry scene evolve over time. They also examine the aspects of the DC-area poetry scene that distinguish it from other literary communities. Browning, Miller, and Roberts discuss the circumstances in their lives that motivated them to become poets, and share their opinions about the present state of poetry in DC and the nation, as well as the future of the medium.


  • Creation: 2012 October - November


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Daniel Schwarz was a graduate of the Public History MA Program at American University. During his time at American, Schwarz focused his studies on modern American cultural history, and examined the ways in which literature has reflected the ideologies of Americans and simultaneously shaped American society. Prior to joining the program, Schwarz received a BA in English from Skidmore College in 2006. At Skidmore, he studied creative writing with poet Carolyn Forché, novelist Steven Millhauser, and playwright Stephanie Fleischmann. He received his Master’s Degree in August 2013.


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This collection contains oral histories (recordings and transcripts) with local poets E. Ethelbert Miller, Kim Roberts, and Sarah Browning. Daniel Schwarz conducted these interviews as part of a course assignment while he was a student at American University.


Arranged alphabetically by interviewee.

Physical Location

Materials are stored off-site, and will require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Daniel Schwarz, 2013 September 13 (2013.026).


Guide to the Daniel Schwarz DC poetry oral history collection, 2012
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

George Washington University Gelman Library
2130 H Street NW
Washington DC 20052 United States of America