Works-In-Progress, April 13th: Dr. Mark Miller

“Life Birds: A Life’s Work, in Progress”

Mark Miller, Professor of English & Communications

Monday, April 13th, 12pm

Location: Murdock 218

Life Birds: An Ornithological Autobiography is a mixed-genre work based on the author’s life-list, the list a birder keeps of all the different species of birds they see during their lifetime. Life Birds has always been informed by an awareness of ecology, as it used to be called, but recently, the issue of our relationship to the environment has become increasingly urgent, and Life Birds reflects this. It also reflects our increasing awareness that Earth justice and human justice go hand-in-hand. This presentation will consist of a brief description of the project, followed by a reading of some representative poems.

Mark D. Miller has taught in the English & Communications Department at MCLA since 1986, and also served as department chair for nine years. He is a Robert Penn Warren scholar and past editor of Robert Penn Warren Studies, where his latest essay on Warren, “Race and S.O.B.-ism in All the King’s Men,” is set to appear in the forthcoming issue. Over the years, portions of Life Birds: An Ornithological Autobiography have been published in The Mind’s Eye (and elsewhere), and Miller has presented selections of his work-in-progress in several public readings at MCLA, the first of these in 1987.

In the Spring Colloquium 2020 lecture series, MCLA faculty members from across campus share their current research or creative projects and benefit from questions and discussions. Events are free & open to the public. Refreshments will be served.


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