Brenda Miller

Miller has essay published in 'Under the Gum Tree'


Brenda Miller’s essay “Tender" appears in the October 2013 issue of the journal "Under The Gum Tree."

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Gulyas, Miller published in journal 'Quarter After Eight'



The latest issue of "Quarter After Eight: A Journal of Innovative Writing" features English department senior instructor Lee Gulyas writing about English department professor Brenda Miller, as well as Gulyas' essay “Mirage” and Miller's essay "In Praise of the Random House Dictionary of the English Language, 2nd Edition, Unabridged."

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Miller has essay published on creative nonfiction


Brenda Miller’s essay “‘Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!’: Courage and Creative Nonfiction” has been published in the collection "Bending Genre: Essays on Creative Nonfiction."

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Oliver de la Paz, Brenda Miller have pieces published in 'Passages North'

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Oliver de la Paz’s poems “Nocturne with a Body Beside a Hive,” “Nocturne with the Mummified Remains of a Girl,” “Pulled from a Bog”and “Nocturne with a Forensic Reconstruction of a Face” and Brenda Miller’s essay “Dress Code“ have both just been published in the journal "Passages North."

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Miller, Paola have pieces published in 'Seneca Review'



Brenda Miller’s essay “Giving Your Body to Science” and Suzanne Paola’s (writing as Susanne Antonetta) essay “Nine Lives” have just been published in the latest issue of "Seneca Review."

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How to be creative in a busy world

In a world crowded with innumerable distractions and incalculable nuggets of new information, it’s often difficult for even the most productive writers and artists to find the time and space for quiet musing and the quality moments that so often lead to new creations. Acclaimed Northwest writers and friends Brenda Miller and Holly Hughes saw that the pace of life was spiraling out of control for their students and fellow writers and interfering with the activities that were most important to them. In response to these concerns, they began a year-long conversation in letters on writing and contemplation, and on how writers can create space for their work and how mindfulness practice can strengthen writing.

Poetry workshops Oct. 13 benefit Sue Boynton contest

The Bellingham Herald
Two poetry workshops will be presented Oct. 13 to benefit the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest, the annual contest open to Whatcom County residents. Brenda Miller, a Western Washington University professor and the editor of Bellingham Review, will present "The Pen and the Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World" from 10 a.m. to noon.

Jane Smiley among authors at UND Writers Conference

Grand Forks Herald
Brenda Miller is author of “Season of the Body,” co-author of “Tell it Slant: Writing and Shaping Creative Nonfiction” and of a collection “Blessing of the Animals,” which includes two Pushcart Prize winning essays. Her work has received six Pushcart Prizes and has been published in many journals. Miller lives in Bellingham, Wash., with her dog and cat. She is professor of English at Western Washington University and serves as editor in chief of the Bellingham Review.

Northwest author Brenda Miller on mindful writing

Seattle P-I blogs
oday, I’m thrilled to host author Brenda Miller, who shares an excerpt from her forthcoming book: The Pen and the Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World, co-authored with Holly Hughes. And be sure to check out Brenda’s blog, The Spa of the Mind, where she muses about living and writing in the digital age… In my small home, I try to keep my upstairs attic loft reserved for reading, writing, and sometimes—when I can remember to do it—meditation. My dog, Abbe, often joins me there and makes her nest in the blanket next to me, digging with her paws until the blanket’s messy enough to be comfortable. She flops down with a human-like sigh.

Local books: prizewinning essays, paranormal romance

The Seattle Times
"Listening Against the Stone: Selected Essays" by Brenda Miller (Skinner House, $14). An essay collection, six of which have won a Pushcart Prize. The essays "tell the story of a single woman making her way, stumbling but always seeking out touchstones — a dog, a friend, a painting, a tree — to help her gain her true bearings," says the publisher. Miller, a professor of English at Western Washington University, is editor-in-chief of the Bellingham Review.