Brenda Miller

Professor, Academic Advisor: Creative Writing


Brenda Miller is the author of five essay collections, including An Earlier Life (Ovenbird Books, 2016), which received the Washington State Book Award for Memoir. Her poetry chapbook, The Daughters of Elderly Women, received the 2020 Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award. She also co-authored Tell It Slant: Creating, Refining and Publishing Creative Nonfiction (Third Edition published 2019) and The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World. Her collection of collaborative essays 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 the book is forthcoming from CSU Press in 2021. Brenda’s collection of writing on writing, A Braided Heart: Essays on Writing and Form, is forthcoming from University of Michigan Press in 2021. Brenda’s work has received six Pushcart Prizes. She is a professor of Creative Writing, specializing in creative nonfiction.

Research Interests

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