RELEASE OF VOLUME ONE OF THE FRITZ BAUER LIBRARY OF REMEMBRANCE AND HUMAN RIGHTS

For the past four years I have been working in an editorial capacity with a Radcliffe Institute colleague of mine based in Germany, Irmtrud Wojak, to develop the Fritz M. Bauer Library of Remembrance and Human Rights, a project aimed at publishing bi-lingual editions of books that tell important stories about courage in the face of tyranny.

The first volume—Full of Hunger and Full of Bread: The World of Jura Soyfer 1912-1939 by Dorothy James—will be published this year in English and in German by Buxus Edition. This compelling work recounts the life of the Austrian novelist and cabaret composer Jura Soyfer.

Jura Soyfer’s writing spoke to the dark era in which he lived and speak, as well, to the era we are living through now. He is most famous for composing The Dachau Song while a concentration camp prisoner. The back of the English language version of the book features this translation of the last stanza of “Wanderlied der Zeit.”

The storm of time

Is raging past

And you are tired,

Find no rest.

You long to close your eyes now.

But do not, do not

Close your eyes.

Just look the storm

Full in the face!

You have to know it all now.

SOUTH DAKOTA ARTS COUNCIL INTERVIEW; NEW WORK IN PUBLICATION OUT OF MAINE

An interview with me appears in the latest issue of Arts Alive, a publication of the South Dakota Arts Council:

The journal Hole in the Head Review, rooted in Maine, is the second to publish an excerpt from a new work I call Make.

https://www.holeintheheadreview.com/picsv2/ben-miller-22

NEW WORK IN AMP

The journal AMP, out of Hofstra University, is the first to publish an excerpt from a new work I call Make.

Heeding the wisdom of Adrienne Rich’s comment “The notes for the poem are the only poem,” Make consists of a 70-page graphic poetic sequence that depicts the enigmatic, grinding, flighty, scary, fun, musical and atonal reality of “the page under the page” or the epic of a creative process at work. Its whispers—shouts—crowds of influences. Here the means is the end. 

https://sites.hofstra.edu/amp/issue6/from-make/

NOVEL NAMED FINALIST FOR PEN/BELLWETHER PRIZE FOR SOCIALLY ENGAGED FICTION

To learn more about the award follow the link below: 

https://pen.org/pen-bellwether-prize/

The manuscript, Meanwhile in the Dronx…, invents a sixth borough of NYC where people driven out of the other five boroughs retreat to resurrect their lives. Including a map and 25 drawings by a Brooklyn-based visual artist Dale Williams—harking back to the 19th Century publishing motif of illustrated socially-conscious literary melodramas—this work locates and adores humans struggling to recreate themselves amid the surreal wreckage of history.

NOVEL EXCERPT IN BEST AMERICAN EXPERIMENTAL WRITING 2020

This anthology is now available to the public. Edited by Carmen Maria Machado and Joyelle McSweeney, it includes Chapter 12 of it all melts down to this: a novel in timelines, a project of mine inspired by the drawings of Dale Williams. Below are two posts addressing the release:


https://www.facebook.com/BAXseries/posts/2492258954412788
https://twitter.com/BAX_Series/status/1336366547410018310?s=20

NEW ESSAY IN RADCLIFFE MAGAZINE

Follow the link below to reach this special number of Radcliffe Magazine, a publication of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. 

The issue consists of essays by artists, journalists, scholars and scientists addressing lessons learned in the difficult year of 2020. 

https://www.radcliffemagazine.org/

NOVEL EXCERPT AND ESSAY IN THE JOURNAL OF BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE STUDIES

Volume 11 of this journal—“The Practice and Pedagogy of Writing at Black Mountain College”—features twelve pages from What Days Are Like When There Are Only Nights, accompanied by an essay on form entitled “The Road: A Shared Plight.”

To experience the writing go here: