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Professor Alyce Miller

Alyce Miller

Alyce Miller is the author of three books of fiction, including a collection of stories, Water (Mary McCarthy Prize), Sarabande Press, 2007; a collection of stories, The Nature of Longing (Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction) W.W. Norton, 1995; a novel, Stopping for Green Lights, Anchor Doubleday, 1999; and a forthcoming memoir, Home Repair, and more than 150 short stories, poems, and essays published in literary magazines and anthologies.
Her work has also received the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Excellence in Fiction, the Lawrence Prize from Michigan Quarterly Review, and honorable mentions and distinguished story citations in Pushcart Prize Anthology, Best American Stories, Best American Essays, and O. Henry Prize Stories. Recent work has appeared in Iowa Review, Witness, New England Review, Ascent, Legal Studies Forum, and North American Review.
Alyce Miller is a Professor of English who teaches both literature and creative writing courses in the graduate writing program at Indiana University in Bloomington.

She also leads a double life as a pro bono attorney with a special interest in animal rights law, and is a member of the Animal Legal Defense Fund. She is the co-author of a law review article, “Invented Cages: The Plight of Wild Animals in Captivity,” Journal of Animal Law, and most recently has given talks and presentations on animals for Continuing Legal Education seminars, the Texas Bar Association Animal Law Institute, the Center of Law, Society, and Culture at Indiana University; the Nature Matters Conference at York University, Canada; etc. Topics include Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act; parallels between the children’s rights and animals rights movements; voice, injury, and third party standing; pet trusts; etc.  She teaches special topics classes at I.U.on Animals and Ethics, and the Legal and Literary Animal.
She is currently at work on a series of poems about animals, as well as a series of essays examining the complex relationships between human and nonhuman animals.

In 2005 she organized and hosted an interdisciplinary conference on animals, Kindred Spirits, which was held at Indiana University and supported, in part, by a New Frontiers grant.  She is an associate editor (humanities and law section) of Society & Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Institute of Critical Animal Studies.

Selected Publications by Alyce Miller:


2007. Water, Sarabande Press, Mary McCarthy Prize for Fiction

1999. Stopping for Green Lights, Anchor Doubleday

1995. The Nature of Longing, W.W. Norton and University of Georgia Press, Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction

Partial List of Publications in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry:

Glimmer Train, Kenyon Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Southern Review, New England Review, Los Angeles Times Summer Fiction Issue, Another Chicago Magazine, Cream City Review, Iowa Review, Seneca Review, High Plains Literary Review, Sono ra Review, Fourth Genre, Witness, Southern Review, Story, Wind, the Chicago Tribune, Southwest Review, Northwest Review, etc.


Crossing the Color Line; Listening to the Voices; High Infidelity; An Intricate Weave: Women Write About Girls and Girlhood; Falling Toward Grace: Images of Religion and Culture in Indianapolis; The Most Wonderful Books: Writers on Discovering the Pleasures of Reading; and Creating Fiction.

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