About the Author

Thaïs Miller writes fiction, poetry, and drama. Brown Paper Publishing released her first novel, Our Machinery (2008), and her first collection, The Subconscious Mutiny and Other Stories (2009). Marymark Press released her first poetry chapbook, Taboo (2008). Carolina Academic Press published her first one-act play, “The Price is Wrong” (2009).

Born and raised in Los Angeles, she graduated from Milken Community High School, where she studied with Melody Mansfield and others.

In 2009, Thaïs received her B.A. magna cum laude with Honors in Literature and a Minor in Music (Violin) Performance from American University in Washington, D.C. While she was an undergraduate, she studied with Randon Noble, Marshall Warfield, Harvey Grossinger, Robert Johnson, Michael Wenthe, Anita Sherman, Jonathan Loesberg, Kermit Moyer, and others. She also took memoir and screenwriting courses through New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with Nettie Jones and Pedro Cristiani.

Thaïs became a Kopenaal Scholar at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she designed her own interdisciplinary Master’s program. At NYU, she studied under E. L. Doctorow, Darin Strauss, Michael Dinwiddie, and Scott Hightower, among other writers. In the summer of 2010, she attended a summer graduate fiction workshop taught by Pulitzer Prize winner James Alan McPherson at the Iowa Writers Workshop. She completed her M.A. in Creative Writing for Social Activism at NYU in May 2011.

In 2012, Thaïs was one of three writers selected for a month-long residency at the Stonehouse Residency for Contemporary Arts in California. In 2013, she was a fellow at the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers in Scotland.

In New York City, Thaïs taught poetry at the Bryant Park Reading Room. She also volunteered as an editorial reader for the literary magazine One Story.

Since 2011, Thaïs has taught creative writing, poetry, advanced fiction, and advanced novel writing to adults through the Gotham Writers Workshop. In 2015, she moved to San Francisco, where she teaches literature and creative writing at UC Berkeley Extension and volunteers as an editorial reader for the literary magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Literature with a Creative/Critical Writing Concentration at UC Santa Cruz.

Her writing has been required and recommended reading for courses at New York University, New England College, and American University. From 2014 – 2017, she was a Professional Member of PEN America. She became a member of PEN Center USA in 2017.



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