Dr. Thaïs Miller

Arkansas, United States

Member Since: 10/15/2015


Thaïs Miller writes fiction, peer-reviewed academic articles, essays, plays, screenplays, poetry, book reviews, 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 received her Ph.D. Candidate in Literature with a Creative/Critical Writing Concentration from the University of California, Santa Cruz in June 2024. She studied under Karen Tei Yamashita, Micah Perks, Ronaldo V. Wilson, Carla Freccero, Dorian Bell, Nathaniel Deutsch, Tyrus Miller, Amanda Smith, Bruce Thompson, Vilashini Cooppan, and Jon Levitow, among others. Her peer-reviewed academic articles have appeared in Studies in Popular Culture and Jewish Film and New Media and are forthcoming in Poetics Today

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. She has also guest lectured at Boston College and the University of California, Berkeley. She discusses her approach to teaching on an episode of Johanna David-Tramantano's podcast "Literacy Landscapes." Her writing has been required and recommended reading for courses at New York University, New England College, and American University.

She will be a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Creative Writing (Fiction) at the University of Central Arkansas starting in the fall of 2024. 

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 a Yiddish consultant for Jonathan A. Goldberg's podcast, The Land Whale Murders, and working as an interactive writer and content strategist for a robotics company.

Website: https://thaismiller.wordpress.com/


Publications

  • Our Machinery (a novel) , Brown Paper Publishing (April 14, 2008)
  • The Subconscious Mutiny and Other Stories , Brown Paper Publishing (July 25, 2009)
  • Magnets (a short story) , Nautilus (February 6, 2014)
  • Extraction (a short story) , The Ofi Press Magazine (2013)
  • The King's Wings (a short story) , Vol. 1 Brooklyn (2012)
  • The Price is Wrong: A One Act Play with Vignettes (featured in Lethal Rejection) , Carolina Academic Press (May 1, 2009)
  • Taboo (a poetry chapbook) , Marymark Press (2008)
  • The Ghostwriter (a short story) , Nautilus (2023)
  • Like a Pharaoh (an essay) , Jewish Review of Books (2024)
  • Passing (a short story) , CRAFT (2019)

Awards

  • Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers Fellowship(2013)
  • Stonehouse Residency for the Contemporary Arts(2012)
  • New York University Bronfman Center Arts on the Move: Artivist Fellowship(2010)
  • New York University Richard J. Koppenaal Academic Achievement Scholarship(2009)
  • Josephine De Karman Fellowship(2023)
  • Northern California Association of Phi Beta Kappa Graduate Scholarship: Gilliland Family Grant(2023)

Employment

  • Instructor at Gotham Writers' Workshop (December 2011 - September 2021)
  • Editorial Reader at Zoetrope: All-Story (April 2015 - )
  • Editorial Reader at One Story (July 2012 - March 2015)
  • Assistant Professor of Creative Writing (Fiction) at University of Central Arkansas (August 2024 - )
  • Instructor of Record at University of California, Santa Cruz (September 2017 - June 2024)

Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Creative Writing for Social Activism from New York University (May 2011)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Literature from American University (May 2009)
  • Doctoral Degree in Literature, Creative/Critical Writing Concentration from University of California, Santa Cruz (June 2024)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Poetry