Ticket to Exile

Ticket to Exile

By Adam David Miller

Heyday Books, Paperback, 9781597140652, 237pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2007

Cultural Writing. Memoir. African American Studies. At age nineteen, A. D. Miller sat in a jail cell. His crime? He passed a white girl a note that read, "I would like to get to know you better." For this he was accused of attempted rape. TICKET TO EXILE recounts Miller's coming-of-age in Depression-era Orangeburg, South Carolina. A closet rebel who successfully evades the worst strictures of a racially segregated small town, Miller reconstructs the sights, sounds, and social complexities of the pre-civil rights South. By the time he is forced into exile, we realize that this fate was inevitable for a young man too intelligent and aware of the limitations of his society to remain there without disastrous consequences.

About the Author
Adam David Miller is a poet, writer, publisher, radio programmer, and producer. Born in South Carolina, Miller published one of the first collections of modern African-American poetry, as well as four books of poetry and a memoir about his life growing up in the Jim Crow South. For six years, Miller served on the Berkeley Arts Commission and helped inaugurate the Addison Street Poetry Walk in Berkeley's renovated downtown arts district. He has been a regularly featured poet on KPFA-FM radio in Northern California. Miller tought English literature and writing in the public schools and colleges in and around Berkeley, California.