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 community 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 appears 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 writing has appeared in This Magazine, Maisonneuve, and Lettuce Bee (UK), as well as anthologies from Véhicule Press, McGraw-Hill Ryerson, and the University of Alberta Press. His book reviews and author profiles have appeared in Canadian Notes & Queries, EVENT, the Montreal Review of Books, Rabble, and the Canadian Journal of Irish Studies. He is a contributor to the music blog Said the Gramophone, and has reviewed stand-up comedy for Exclaim!
He has received creation grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Arts Nova Scotia, and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ). In 2017, he served as the 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 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. He edited edited three chapbook anthologies featuring the work of his long-running writers group, Soulgazers.
As an educator, he has lead fiction workshops for the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, and zine workshops for youth at NSCAD University. He has served as a teaching assistant at Dalhousie, Concordia, and the University of British Columbia. In 2017 he was a mentor for emerging writers at James Lyng Urban Arts High School.
Jeff has been invited to speak about his writing to classes at McGill University, Queen’s University, and Dawson College. He has given readings at libraries, bookstores, cafes, music festivals, and art spaces across Canada and the northeastern 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.