Once illiterate, Mills to be among authors featured at annual luncheon

Published: Monday, May 13, 2013 at 09:24 AM.

"I could figure out how many bricks it took to build the Empire State Building," he said. "I could figure out how much concrete it would take to pour a driveway. I could read blueprints. My math skills helped me hide my illiteracy."

In his book, "From Illiterate to Poet," Mills has many poems that express the frustration of an illiterate person.

"My poetry is my innermost being on paper," he said. "If you read my books, you are really taking a peek inside of me because I try to let the world see through my illiterate eyes, the situations and the circumstances that I’ve been through.

"Most people think that they don’t know anyone who can’t read, but the person who can’t read is your co-worker, your next door neighbor or the person you just passed on the street. It’s the person sitting beside of you in the church pew. It’s personal. It’s deep."

Mills will join authors Bethany Faith, Bettye Goodman Green, David Cecelski, Devyn Dawson, Bruce Roberts, Gloria Martin, Sharon Phennah, Norma Harper Doane and Evelyn Heckhaus at the Authors Luncheon. The event, which serves as a fundraiser for the Friends of the Havelock-Craven County Public Library, is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. May 18 at Cherry Point United Methodist Church. Tickets are $20 and available at the library at 301 Cunningham Blvd. For more information, call 447-7509. 

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