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poet , Creative writing educator

Jane Miller was born in New York and currently lives in Tucson, Arizona where she teaches creative writing at the University of Arizona.


Miller, Jane Ruth was born on April 27, 1949 in New York City. Daughter of H. Walter and Florence (Freed) Miller.


Bachelor, Pennsylvania State University, 1970. Master of Arts, California State University, Humboldt, 1975. Master of Fine Arts, University Iowa, 1977.


Jane Miller is an American poet. Thunderbird (Copper Canyon Press, 2013) is her most recent book of poems. Her numerous awards include a Western States Book Award, a Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Award, a Guggenheim fellowship and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Poet Jane Miller collaborates with artist Beverly Pepper on a highly personal journey through the debris of the poet’s crumbling relationship, and her mother’s descent into illness. Beautifully rendered poems and short chapters of poetic prose combine with Pepper’s chalk and oil drawings to form an intimate and unique meditation on the nature of love, of heartache, of the many midnights we, each and every one of us, live through and carry with us through our lives. Jane Miller is hardly alone in demanding that the structures of her art reflect the compulsions of consciousness, but unlike poets who allow pallid abstraction to attenuate emotion and song, Miller, as late millennium supplicant, won't relinquish extravagance, seduction, rapture, as essential elements of a poem's brash presence.

Her human figure, careening through its volatile relations, "charge card in hand," indebted and reverential, makes of shatter a kind of atomized coherence, a kinetic, compassionate form.


  • National Poetry Series Selection for The Greater LeisuresWestern States Book Award for August ZeroTwo National Endowment for the Arts FellowshipsLila Wallace Reader’s Digest AwardJohn Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation FellowshipAudre Lorde Award.


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H. Walter Miller

Florence (Freed) Miller