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Leslie Miller

Professor of English
Degree
Ph.D., University of Houston
M.F.A., University of Iowa
M.A., University of Missouri
B.A., Stephens College
At St. Thomas since 1991
Office
JRC 352
Hours
(Fall 2014) M/T 5:00-6:00pm; W 2:00-3:15pm; also by appointment
Phone
(651) 962-5604

Since the publication of my first poem in a nationally recognized journal, Beloit Poetry Journal, in 1977, I have been fortunate enough to publish six full length collections of poetry, Y, The Resurrection Trade, and Eat Quite Everything You See with Graywolf Press, and Yesterday Had a Man In It, Ungodliness, and Staying Up for Love with Carnegie Mellon University Press. The journey has also included fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, fellowships and grants for travel in Germany, France, Scotland, Switzerland and Indonesia, as well as opportunities to teach and read at writers' festivals, university writing programs, medical schools, the Library of Congress, and the National Institutes for Health.

My years as a poet in training spanned 12 years of higher education in Missouri, Iowa and Texas, and included generous poet mentors along the way, among them Jonathan Holden, Heather McHugh, Larry Levis, Marvin Bell, Donald Justice, Jane Cooper, Cynthia MacDonald, Edward Hirsch, Adam Zagajewski, and Richard Howard. I pursued my doctorate in creative writing and literature at the University of Houston, where my studies concentrated in British romanticism, British medieval literature, classical rhetoric and criticism, and most centrally, in contemporary American poetry and creative writing.

In 1991, I accepted a tenure track position to teach creative writing and literature at the University of St. Thomas, where I have since become Full Professor of English, and teach in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. I have also been a visiting writer in a variety of summer festivals and graduate programs in recent years including the Nebraska Summer Writing Festival, the Taos Summer Writing Festival, the University of Northern Michigan M.F.A. Program in writing and Pacific University's low-residency M.F.A. program.

In 2006, the University of St. Thomas awarded me the prestigious University Scholars Grant, which allowed me to work on my sixth volume of poems, Y. A poetic study of the y chromosome's portrayal in popular and medical texts, as well as an exploration of several famous cases of feral children, the historical and medical arts of reading the human face, and technical and popular accounts of vocal development in young boys, Y is ultimately an exploration in poetry, sometimes playful, sometimes deadly serious, of male developmental issues in biological, social, cultural, scientific and theological conceptions of male childhood.

For more information, please visit http://lesliemillerpoet.com/.

 

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 121 - 39 Critical Thinking: Lit/Writing - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 JRC 301
CRN: 41362 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Leslie A. Miller Students will read and write about literary texts critically and closely. The course emphasizes recursive reading and writing processes that encourage students to discover, explain, question and clarify ideas. To this end, students will study a variety of genres as well as terms and concepts helpful to close analysis of those genres. They will practice various forms of writing for specific audiences and purposes. Students will reflect on and develop critical awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses as readers and writers. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 12 pages of formal revised writing.

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ENGL 121 - 42 Critical Thinking: Lit/Writing - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 JRC 301
CRN: 41663 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Leslie A. Miller Students will read and write about literary texts critically and closely. The course emphasizes recursive reading and writing processes that encourage students to discover, explain, question and clarify ideas. To this end, students will study a variety of genres as well as terms and concepts helpful to close analysis of those genres. They will practice various forms of writing for specific audiences and purposes. Students will reflect on and develop critical awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses as readers and writers. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 12 pages of formal revised writing.

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ENGL 255 - 01 Intro to Imaginative Writing M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 JRC 481
CRN: 41372 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Leslie A. Miller This course introduces students to skills necessary for imaginative writing. It includes close readings of literary texts that model basic techniques, weekly writing exercises that encourage exploration and development of craft, and workshop discussions to develop students' critical skills. This course will include instruction in setting, character, voice, point of view, literal and figurative imagery, rhythm and sound patterns, and literary structures. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204. Please note that this creative writing course does not count towards the core literature and writing requirement.

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J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
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Spring 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 255 - 01 Intro to Imaginative Writing M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 JRC 481
CRN: 21090 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Leslie A. Miller This course introduces students to skills necessary for imaginative writing. It includes close readings of literary texts that model basic techniques, weekly writing exercises that encourage exploration and development of craft, and workshop discussions to develop students' critical skills. This course will include instruction in setting, character, voice, point of view, literal and figurative imagery, rhythm and sound patterns, and literary structures. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204

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ENGL 321 - 01 Writing Poetry - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 JRC 246
CRN: 21229 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Leslie A. Miller This intermediate course explores traditional and innovative patterns of poetry writing. Emphasis on experimentation with a variety of techniques and development of individual voice. This course will include critique sessions, readings to broaden possibilities of form and subject, and individual instruction. Open to students with some previous experience in writing poetry. Prerequisite: ENGL 255 or permission of instructor.

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ENGL 405 - 01 Advanced Creative Writing M - - - - - - 1800 - 2115 MHC 211
CRN: 21074 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Leslie A. Miller This advanced course focuses on the student's development of a substantial body of work in a chosen genre: poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. Students will review their previous writing, do further exploration of a chosen genre, and produce significant new work in that genre. Readings will include theoretical and creative texts. Prerequisite: ENGL 321 or 322 or 323 or permission of instructor based on examination of a portfolio

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