About Ben Miller

 

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.

 

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4 thoughts on “About Ben Miller

  1. Ben—I’m midway through your rip-snorting novel and am looking at your former/my current neighborhood in a new, acid-tinged, boffo infected light. I’ve already sent numerous copies of River Bend Chronicle to family, friends and neighbors (a friend who lived on Middle Road up from Jersey Ridge, my two kids now in St. Louis, my Mom who used to live near St. Ambrose, my friend Joe in NYC who went to West etc.) When the trophy for “highest number of impressively off-kilter descriptions per paragraph” is complete, it’s going to your address. Thanks for the serious look at the human heart draped in the clap-trap of everyday life.

  2. Ben, I’ve gotten about 100 pages into the Urban Junkification of a Mainly “Unmitigated Bullshit Town” (as someone else described it — I’ve momentarily forgotten the exact title) and have to say it’s just a damn wonderful work of literature. I’m only 100 pages into it because your sentences, paragraphs, are to be savored, slowly, thoughtfully ingested like a fine cognac. Seriously — great writing. You’re like a midwestern Proust, kinda. The last couple paragraphs about your father at twigmas — powerful and poetic stuff. We may have met, I used to manage the Davenport Co-op Records. I’d like to have a word (or 2) with you — if you have the time, please get in touch. All the best. Joe

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