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Indiana University Bloomington

Alyce Miller

Alyce Miller

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J.D., Indiana University School of Law, magna cum laude, 2003
M.F.A. in Writing, Vermont College, 1995
M.A. in Film, San Francisco State University, 1987
M.A. in English Literature, San Francisco State University, 1978
Teaching Credential (K-12), University of California-Berkeley, 1980

I am a professor of creative writing and literature, as well as special topics classes. In both my writing and teaching, I focus on themes that have inflected my own life—family, gender, race, class, sexuality, and animality. Working in different genres (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry) allows me to access various subject matter, as well as the possibilities of form and point of view.

A number of interests and commitments extend beyond the university, including my double life as a pro bono attorney working with pro se clients on family law issues. Additionally, I have a special interest in animal rights law and related activism. I have written and presented on the relationship between human and nonhuman animals, and in 2006, organized and chaired the international Kindred Spirits Conference here on campus. In addition to teaching creative writing and literature, I routinely offer a special topics class for the Honors College, Animals and Ethics. I also serve as the faculty advisor to two student groups devoted to animal advocacy here on the IUB campus.

I believe writers are obliged to be out in the world, paying attention to the smallest details. In addition, there is no substitute for reading broadly and eclectically (works of all subjects, visions, centuries, continents, aesthetics, genres, etc.). It is my habit to work on several things at once, and to revise extensively. While generally opposed to blogs, I maintain one strictly for the purposes of developing possible essay topics, called “All Us Animals.”

Included are pieces on dog fighting, racism within the animal rights movement and why Michael Vick is not the problem, veganism, Derrida’s cat, etc. I am currently working on a series of animal-related  essays.

Recent Courses

W680 Assumed Identities: Authenticity, Representation, Appropriation, and Hoax
L680 Narrative and Law: Critical Race Theory
W303 Poetry Writing
W403 Advanced Poetry Writing
L208 The Literary and Legal Animal
W680 The Prose Poem and Flash Prose
H242 Animals and Ethics
W680 Point of View and Narrative Theory
W401 Advanced Fiction Writing
W612 Graduate Fiction Writing
W615 Graduate Creative Nonfiction Writing
W664 Race, Gender, and Class in the Detective Novel

Selected Publications (click images for more information)


Slang: The People’s PoetryWater (short stories), Sarabande Press, 2007.

How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction to the English LanguageStopping for Green Lights (novel), Anchor Doubleday, 1999.

Word Histories and Mysteries: From Abracadabra to ZeusThe Nature of Longing (short stories), W.W. Norton, 1995.

More than 200 stories, poems, and essays have appeared in some of the following magazines and anthologies:

Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Humanimalia, The Sun, Glimmer Train, Story, LA Times Summer Fiction Issue, Southern Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Harvard Review, American Short Fiction, Sonora Review, New England Review, Fourth Genre, Puerto del Sol, Prairie Schooner, Witness, Northwest Review, Southwest Review, Many Mountains Moving, Fourteen Hills, Shenandoah, Story Quarterly, Other Voices, StoryQuarterly, Hotel Amerika, Chicago Tribune Sunday Book Review, Massachusetts Review, New Letters, Legal Studies Forum, Crossing the Color Line, High Infidelity, Creating Fiction, Listening to Voices, We The Creatures, New American Essays, Being for the Other: Issues in Ethics and Animal Rights, etc.

Selected Honors and Awards

Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction
Mary McCarthy Award for Fiction
Kenyon Review Award for Literary Excellence in Fiction
Lawrence Prize
Distinguished citations and honorable mentions in Pushcart Prize Anthology, Best American Essays, Best American Short Stories, and O. Henry Prize Stories.
Chair of KINDRED SPIRITS CONFERENCE, September 7-9, 2006