2022 Featured & Invited Speakers

Ethelbert Miller is a writer and literary activist. He is the author of two memoirs and several books of poetry including The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller, a comprehensive collection that represents over 40 years of his work. Miller’s poetry has been translated into nearly a dozen languages. For 17 years he served as the editor of Poet Lore, the oldest poetry magazine published in the United States. Miller is a two-time Fulbright Senior Specialist Program Fellow to Israel. He holds an honorary degree of Doctor of Literature from Emory and Henry College and has taught at several universities.

Miller is host of the weekly WPFW morning radio show On the Margin with E. Ethelbert Miller and host and producer of The Scholars on UDC-TV which received a 2020 Telly Award.  Miller was inducted into the 2015 Washington DC Hall of Fame and awarded the 2016 AWP George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature and the 2016 DC Mayor’s Arts Award for DistinguishedHonor. In 2018, he was inducted into Gamma Xi Phi and appointed as an ambassador for the Authors Guild. Most recently, Miller was given a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and a congressional award from Congressman Jamie Raskin in recognition of his literary activism. Miller serves as a board member for the DC Collaborative for Humanities and Education, The Inner Loop, and Folger Shakespeare Poetry. He was awarded the 2019 Literary Award for poetry by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association for his book If God Invented Baseball. Miller’s latest book is When Your Wife Has Tommy John Surgery and Other Baseball Stories, published by City Point Press.

Bryson Davis is a Husband. Father. Pastor. CEO. Instructor. Learner. Bryson wears many hats that have afforded him rich experiences in some of the most challenging and beautiful places around the world. From his own upbringing in poverty to winning college championships, Bryson hopes his story will encourage and inspire others to embody stories of solidarity, liberation, and grace. You can learn about Bryson’s background more here.

Kimberly Stanley is a social worker by trade and a compassionate advocate for crime victims. Kim currently serves as the Victim Witness Director for the Stark County Prosecutor’s Office, where she works with a team of 11 advocates to assist and support crime victims in Stark County in a trauma informed manner. Previously, Kim served as the Executive Director of the Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter, where she had been employed for 17 years, serving as the Director for 16 years. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration and Spanish from the University of Findlay and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Akron. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker. In 2015, Kim was honored with the yStark! Twenty Under 40 Award as well as the Distinguished Alumni Award through her alma mater, Sebring McKinley High School. In 2018, Kim received the esteemed Athena award from the Alliance Area Chamber of Commerce.

Kim currently serves as a Board member for the Ohio Domestic Violence Network Board of Directors, where she also serves as Chair of the Governance Committee. She leads the Stark County Domestic Violence Collaborative and the Stark County Victims’ Rights Coalition; and is an active participating member of the Stark County SART, Stark County Adult Protective Services Interdisciplinary Team, the Stark Community Corrections Planning Board, the Stark Multidisciplinary Advocacy/Protective Resources Team, and the Domestic Violence and Drug Court Advisory Committee.

Geoffrey Bateman is a teacher, writer, sometimes administrator, gay dad, queer husband, and, as he likes to joke, a professional homosexual. He is currently an associate professor in the Department of Peace and Justice Studies at Regis University, and teaches courses on gender, sexuality, and homelessness, LGBT activism and social justice movements, and research and writing in the community, as well as integrating vocational exploration into the department’s curriculum and advising.

His most recent scholarship and teaching focuses on the intersection of vocation, queerness, and social justice. In 2017, he participated in NetVUE’s inaugural multidisciplinary faculty seminar on “Teaching Vocational Exploration,” which opened up new horizons in his own vocational journey as a scholar and afforded him the opportunity to publish “Queer Callings: LGBTQ Literature and Vocation.” Currently, he is a contributor to NetVUE’s Scholarly Resources Project’s most recent volume focusing on vocation and the common good. His essay, “Queer Vocation and the Uncommon Good,” argues for a queer transformation of the common good to affirm queer and other forms of particularity in the common worlds we share. His previous publications include Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Debating the Gay Ban in the Military (Lynne Rienner, 2003), and numerous essays on issues related to gender and sexuality.

Over the past few decades his community-based activist work has focused on HIV prevention and AIDS activism, fighting the ban on LGBT service members in the U.S. military, working for marriage equality, as well as supporting efforts to address homelessness in his local community. From 2012 to 2020, he served on the board of The Gathering Place, Denver’s only daytime, drop-in shelter for women, children, and transgender individuals experiencing poverty, some of whom are homeless.