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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Pamela Miller  

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Born: 1952 in Baltimore, Maryland

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Miller grew up on the South Side of Chicago and now lives on the North Side of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Pamela Miller has been writing and performing poetry for more than 30 years. During this time, she has published four books of poems. She has won three Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards, and her work has appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including ''The Paris Review'', ''Pudding'', ''Wicked Alice'', ''The MacGuffin'', ''blossombones'', Poetry ''Super Highway'', ''Concho River Review'', ''OVS'', ''Free Lunch'', ''After Hours'', ''The Great American Poetry Show 2'', and ''How to Read a Poem''.

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Titles At Your Library

Fast Little Shoes
ISBN: 094258211X

Erie st Pr. 1986

Mysterious Coleslaw
ISBN: 1564390209

Roseville: Ridgeway Press. 1993

Recipe for Disaster
ISBN: 093241219X

Mayapple Press. 2003

A collection of tough, extremely funny poems by a woman whose imagination never runs dry. Quirky, edgy, sometimes poignant and sometimes uproarious. You will love this book!

Miss Unthinkable
ISBN: 1936419262

Mayapple Press. 2013

Poetry. Who is MISS UNTHINKABLE? In this latest collection from Chicago poet Pamela Miller, she's a shape-shifting sorority of mysterious, funny and wise female characters who don't let anything get the better of them—from undependable husbands and lovers to breast cancer, aging or even death. The women who strut their stuff in these poems wear "electric sunglasses" and "bracelets of miracles and plagues" they "thunder up the stairs of desire" and write love letters "juicy as mangoes" and when confronted with their own mortality, they defiantly "jitterbug with Death in some roadhouse dive," then "run war-whooping into the light." In poems that range from the fantastical ("On Our Honeymoon in New York City, My Husband Turns into Times Square") to the autobiographical (the 11-poem sequence "The Body at Fifty"), this book chronicles and celebrates the resilience of the female spirit with equal parts respect and rowdiness.


Miller has won awards from the Illinois Arts Council, the Feminist Writers Guild, the Jo-Anne Hirshfield Poetry Awards, Rambunctious Review and the Frieda Stein Fenster Memorial Poetry Awards.

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