About the Author

Thaïs Miller writes fiction, book reviews, peer-reviewed academic articles, poetry, plays, screenplays, and dialogue for robots.

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

Brown Paper Publishing released her first novel, Our Machinery (2008), and her first short story 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).

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 New York University, 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 New York University 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.

She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Literature, pursuing a Creative/Critical Writing Concentration, at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has studied under Karen Tei Yamashita, Micah Perks, Ronaldo V. Wilson, Carla Freccero, Dorian Bell, Nathaniel Deutsch, Tyrus Miller, Amanda Smith, Bruce Thompson, and Jon Levitow, among others. Her first peer-reviewed academic article appeared in the Fall 2019 issue of Studies in Popular Culture.

Thaïs is passionate about teaching. Since 2011, she has taught creative writing, poetry, advanced fiction, and advanced novel writing to adults. She has taught literature and creative writing through the Gotham Writers Workshop, the Bryant Park Reading Roomthe University of California, Berkeley Extension, and the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her writing has been required and recommended reading for courses at New York University, New England College, and American University.

Her primary research, writing, and teaching field is late twentieth-century and twenty-first-century American fiction with a focus on the novel and short story forms, particularly historiographic and speculative metafiction. Her secondary field is post-Holocaust Jewish novels, short stories, films, and television, with a focus on Jewish American humor.

She supports PEN America and small presses. From 2012-2015, she volunteered as an editorial reader for the Brooklyn-based literary magazine One Story. From 2015-2019, she volunteered as an editorial reader for Francis Ford Coppola’s San Francisco-based literary magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story.

As a freelance writer and editor, she has enjoyed being involved in a wide variety of projects, including working as an interactive writer and content strategist for a robotics company.



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