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Denise Miller

Artist Statement

Denise Miller is a poet, playwright, and mixed media artist whose poetry has been published in the Offing, African American Review and Blackberry: A Magazine. They were named the 2015 Willow Books Emerging Poet, an AROHO Waves Discussion Fellowship awardee, a finalist for the Barbara Deming Money for Women Fund, and a Hedgebrook Fellow. Their book publications include Core, released by Willow Books in 2015 and nominated for a 2016 American Book Award and a 2016 Pushcart Prize, their chapbook, Ligatures was published in 2016 by Rattle Press, and most recently, they won the 2020 Sexton Prize for Poetry for their full-length poetry collection, A Ligature for Black Bodies. Their chapbook How to Make an American Mass Shooter is forthcoming through Querencia Press.

Their produced plays include Ligatures (adapted for the stage) and Before the Shooting. Their fellowships and residencies include a 2012 Hedgebrook Residency, 2016 William Randolph Hearst Fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society, a 2020 Storyknife Residency, a 2022 Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing Fellowship, a 2023 Willapa Bay Artist in Residence ( ), a 2023 Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts Fellow ( ) , a 2023 Bethany Arts Community Fellow, and a 2023 Renaissance House Fellow.

Their pronouns are they/she. For more of their work, visit ( )


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