Brenda Miller

Brenda Miller is the author of five essay collections, most recently An Earlier Life (Ovenbird Books, 2016). She also co-authored Tell It Slant: Creating, Refining and Publishing Creative Nonfiction and The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World. Her work has received six Pushcart Prizes. She is a Professor of English at Western Washington University, and associate faculty at the Rainier Writing Workshop. Her website is

Dust by Brenda Miller

    My mother’s laid a trap for the cleaning crew— will they dust, or even notice the gray film gilding her nightstand? She lets it gather day after day, week after week, measures by millimeter this coating, a reminder of all that is wrong. They come every Monday to […]