“Have compassion for everyone you meet, even if they don’t want it. What seems conceit, bad manners, or cynicism is always a sign of things no ears have heard, no eyes have seen. You do not know what wars are going on down there where the spirit meets the bone.”
Miller Williams (1930-2015) was an author, poet, and founder of the University of Arkansas Press. He was selected by President Bill Clinton to read an original poem at the 1997 Presidential Inauguration.
Another example of a Miller Williams poem is Going Deaf, which can be found through www.americanlifeinpoetry.org.
Read more about the life and works of Miller Williams at https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/miller-williams.
University of Arkansas Library
Check the University of Arkansas Library Special Collections Exhibit (Fayetteville) for any special exhibits concerning the legacy of Miller Williams.
Fayetteville is a college town with a population of approximately 85,000 residents.
This is the first stop on the Arkansas Author Adventures Trail!