Ben Miller is an essayist and fiction writer. After attending Cornell College (Mount Vernon, Iowa) he entered the New York University graduate writing program, studying under E.L. Doctorow, John A. Williams and Luisa Valenzuela.
He is the author of the nonfiction work River Bend Chronicle: The Junkification of a Boyhood Idyll amid the Curious Glory of Urban Iowa (Lookout Books, University of North Carolina Wilmington). His prose has been published in many journals, including the Kenyon Review, the New England Review, the Yale Review, AGNI, Ecotone, Raritan and One Story. Six of his essays have been cited as “Notable” by Best American Essays and another, “Bix and Flannery,” was chosen to appear in the anthology by Louis Menand.
Miller’s awards include creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.
Currently he is developing Cage Dies Bird Flies, a multi-phase collaboration with painter Dale Williams, as well as the public art project Mural Speaks! which aims to translate the famous American poem “The Red Wheel Barrow” into the 140 plus languages currently spoken in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Miller will return to Harvard in 2017 as the recipient of a research grant from the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America.
In 2018 he will assume the role of Executive Editor for the FMB Library of Remembrance and Human Rights, an international series of print volumes dedicated to ”documenting humanity’s extraordinary stories of resistance in order to preserve human dignity and to create a more just and humane world.”
He is married to the poet Anne Pierson Wiese.