Welcome

Brenda Miller is the author of five essay collections, most recently An Earlier Life  (Ovenbird Books, 2016). She also co-authored Tell It Slant: Creating, Refining and Publishing Creative Nonfiction  (Third Edition forthcoming 2019) and The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World. Her poetry has appeared in Tupelo Quarterly, Sweet, Bellevue Literary Review, and Psaltery and Lyre. Her work has received six Pushcart Prizes. She is a Professor of English at Western Washington University, and associate faculty at the Rainier Writing Workshop.


Praise for Brenda Miller

“Brenda Miller’s voice is a beacon of light.”
—Terry Tempest Williams

“Delicate, elegant, and occasionally devastating, Brenda Miller’s essays are helping to set the standard for our generation.”
—John D’Agata

“Brenda Miller writes with such extraordinary grace and intimacy that, despite our weariness and fears, we find ourselves falling in love with the world all over again.”
—Kim Barnes

“Brenda Miller explores the blurred edges between the physical and the spiritual, probes the connective tissues of magnetism, memory, and mysticism….She seamlessly fashions an aesthetics in which the human body can be solidly aware of the moment even as it is ‘soaring on the verge of flight.’”
—Judith Kitchen

“Miller shows us that a love of language is not merely the province of the poet, but that in the hands of a skillful and original prose writer, the essay becomes, in its own fashion, an ode, an elegy, a sonnet, a sestina.”
—Robin Hemley

“If you’re like me, then the name ‘Brenda Miller”’ is already synonymous with ‘lyric essay’ in your lexicon, and for good reason…Miller not only traces who she has become; she teaches by lyric example how to write ‘your way out, [how to] find the familiar stones, the ones that can lead you home.’”
—Julie Marie Wade

“Brenda Miller continues to do what Brenda Miller always does: make the ordinary extraordinary…. In these beautifully composed essays, Miller explores, digs, meditates on what it means to be a woman in this world, to be alive and breathing.”
—Ira Sukrungruang