Miller Williams reads poetry accompanied by the Walter Savage Trio tonight

You guys know who Miller Williams is, right?

He was the inaugural poet for President Bill Clinton in 1997. He’s authored 12 books of original poetry, and translated several others. He’s the father of grammy award-winning songwriter Lucinda Williams. He’s also one of Fayetteville’s most notable residents, and one of the few people that leave me completely star struck when I see him around town.

The first time I saw him in person was at a Lucinda Williams show at JR’s Ballroom probably 10 years ago, and I made a fool of myself. “I like your poems” was all I could muster when I introduced myself.

Tonight, he’ll read poems from his 1999 collection “Some Jazz a While” at the Walton Arts Center to the music of the Walter Savage Trio. He did a similar show with Lucinda in 2005, and it was magical.

Savage moved to Fayetteville two years ago after playing upright bass in San Francisco for decades with the likes of Taj Mahal, Arthur Blythe, Bobby Hucherson, and others.

Tickets range from $16 to $51 (though I think the $16 ones are sold out), and some are still on sale at

Some Jazz a While

When: Thursday, March 18, 7 p.m.
Where: Walton Arts Center
Cost: Between $16 and $51