Brenda Miller

she/her, Professor


Brenda Miller is the author of six essay collections, most recently A Braided Heart: Essays on Writing and Form. Her collaborative collection with Julie Marie Wade, Telephone: Essays in Two Voices, was selected by Hanif Abduraqib as the winner of the Cleveland State University Press Nonfiction Book Award and was published in 2021. She received the Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award for her poetry book The Daughters of Elderly Women and the Washington State Book Award for her memoir An Earlier Life. She also co-authored Tell It Slant: Creating, Refining, and Publishing Creative Nonfiction with Suzanne Paola and The Pen and the Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World with Holly Hughes. Her work has received six Pushcart Prizes. 

Research Interests

  • Creative Nonfiction (personal essay, lyric essay, hybrid forms)
  • Literature of Autobiography/Memoir
  • Photography Theory
  • Creative Writing Pedagogy