Bio

Isaac Ginsberg Miller is a poet, scholar, and educator. He is currently a PhD candidate in African American Studies at Northwestern University, where he is a member of the Poetry and Poetics Graduate Cluster, and was a 2020-2021 Mellon Dissertation Fellow for the Black Arts Archive Sawyer Seminar. As a creative and critical writer, Isaac has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Blue Mountain Center, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Can Serrat, the Poetry Incubator, the Ragdale Foundation, and the SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Program. Prior to beginning his PhD, Isaac received an MFA in poetry at NYU, where he was a Goldwater Fellow, and a BA in Comparative Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley, where he was awarded the Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize. In addition to teaching at Northwestern and NYU, Isaac has worked as a professional teaching artist in the Bay Area, Detroit, New York City, and Chicago with several leading arts education organizations, including Youth Speaks, InsideOut Literary Arts Project, Detroit Future Schools (now People in Education), the James and Grace Lee Boggs School, Urban Word NYC, and the Chicago Poetry Center. While at Northwestern, Isaac has served as co-facilitator for The Voice Within Us, a creative writing program with Evanston high school students at Youth and Opportunity United (Y.O.U.). Isaac’s critical work appears or is forthcoming in The American Poetry Review, Berkeley Journal of Sociology, Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters, Chicago Review, English Journal and To Light a Fire: 20 Years with the InsideOut Literary Arts Project. His poetry appears or is forthcoming in journals such as CallalooThe Collagist, Colorado Review, Contrary Magazine, Muzzle Magazine, Propter NosSalamander, Sonora Review, The Shallow Ends, Tupelo Quarterly, Watershed Review, and Zone 3, as well as the anthologies A People’s Atlas of Detroit and Uncommon Core: Contemporary Poems for Learning and Living. His chapbook Stopgap won The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review Chapbook Contest, and was published in 2019.

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