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Ben Miller

Ben Miller is the author of the debut memoir in essays River Bend Chronicle: The Junkification of a Boyhood Idyll Amid the Curious Glory of Urban Iowa. He has published in AGNI, Ecotone, the Kenyon Review, the Antioch Review, Raritan, Salmagundi, One Story, and other journals. His essays have been reprinted or noted six times in Best American Essays, and his awards include a fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is married to the poet Anne Pierson Wiese.


“Ben Miller’s prose is incandescent, bittersweet, and hilarious. Few writers have given more compelling voice to their memories of a particular place. The Great American Midwest will never look—or feel—the same.”

Jackson Lears

Author of Rebirth of a Nation: The Making of Modern America, 1877–1920


“Ben Miller’s writing has left a trail of clear and perfect images lasered permanently in my mind. His imagination is astounding in its breadth and detail, but it is the heart behind the words, the emotion he brings to the smallest moments, that makes me such an admirer of this writer and his work, and has me anxiously awaiting, and cheering for, the publication of River Bend Chronicle.”

Hannah Tinti

Author of The Good Thief