Jeff Miller is the author of the award-winning creative nonfiction collection Ghost Pine: All Stories True (Invisible Publishing). His stories have appeared in several anthologies and he frequently publishes criticism. He holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia. As a creative writing educator, he has led workshops in Montreal, Halifax, and Calgary, and worked as a high-school writing mentor and university teaching assistant. He lives in Mi’kma’ki, rural Nova Scotia.
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Jeff Miller is a Canadian writer, critic, educator, and zine-maker. He is the author of the creative nonfiction collection Ghost Pine: All Stories True (Invisible Publishing). The book was a Montreal Gazette bestseller, won the Expozine Alternative Press Award, and was included on Boing Boing’s list of “A Dozen Great Zine Anthologies.”
Involved in DIY punk and zine culture since the mid-nineties, Jeff’s long-running zine Ghost Pine is considered an underground classic. He founded and curated the popular zine rack and reading series at Dépanneur Le Pick Up in Montreal from 2008 until leaving the city in 2017.
His creative nonfiction has been published most recently in This Magazine, Maisonneuve, and Lettuce Bee (UK), as well as in artists’ multiples, zines, and anthologies from McGraw-Hill Ryerson, the University of Alberta Press, and others. His book reviews and author profiles have appeared in Canadian Notes & Queries, the Montreal Review of Books, Rabble, the Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, and is forthcoming in EVENT. He is a contributor to the music blog Said the Gramophone, and has reviewed live comedy for Exclaim!
He has received creation grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ), and Arts Nova Scotia. In 2017, he was the CALQ-funded Québec Writer in Residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts, where he spent seven weeks working in the Leighton Artists Colony. In 2006, with Sara Spike, he was the inaugural resident of the Anchor Archive Zine Library’s residency program in Halifax.
Jeff edited three chapbook anthologies featuring the work of his long-running writing group, Soulgazers. He served on the editorial board of Prism International for four years and has sat on peer-review juries for the Canada Council for the Arts and prize juries for the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia.
As an educator, he has served as a teaching assistant at Dalhousie, Concordia, and the University of British Columbia’s School of Creative Writing, where he was also an online pedagogy assistant. In 2017 he was a mentor for emerging writers at James Lyng Urban Arts High School. He has led community-based writing workshops in Montreal, Halifax, and Calgary.
Jeff has been invited to speak about his writing to classes at McGill University, Queen’s University, Dawson College, and the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia. He has read his work at libraries, bookstores, cafes, music festivals, and art spaces across Canada and the northern United States.
Born and raised in Ottawa, on the territory of the Anishinabe Algonquin Nation, Jeff spent two decades living in downtown Tiohtià:ke / Montréal where he worked in bookstores, bakeries, and dépanneurs. In 2017, he moved to Mi’kma’ki, on the rural coast of Nova Scotia, with his partner, historian Dr. Sara Spike, and their beagle, Shelmerdine. He loves picking wild blueberries, listening to punk rock, and reading.