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Miller Adams

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Miller Adams

 

Miller Adams’s publications include a poetry collection, Folding Laundry on Judgment Day (Aeolus House, 2020), and a chapbook, Instructions for Lies and Flowers (Crowe Creations, 2019). Three books of friendly witch stories for children, illustrated by Brandon Chung, are forthcoming. Previously writing as Sylvia Adams, she was the author of a novel, This Weather of Hangmen(General Store Publishing), two poetry collections: Sleeping on the Moon (Hagios Press), which was runner-up for the Archibald Lampman prize, and the Cranberry Tree Press 1998 winner, Mondrian's Elephant. She also authored a children’s book, Dinner at the Dog Pound, illustrated by Benjamin Chung.

A graduate of Queen’s University, she has been a book reviewer for several publications including Canadian Bookseller and Bywords, a poetry editor for The Ottawa Citizen, a writing instructor-facilitator in Canada and Chile, and editor-publisher as ADAR Press of chapbooks by her workshop groups.

She is a founding member of Ottawa’s Field Stone Poets, with poems appearing in their many chapbooks and their travel collection of poetry, Whistle for Jellyfish (BookLand Press, Toronto, 2011). She also published Sage and HEaRD Instinct, chapbook anthologies by her second group, the Pachyderm Poets. Her work appears in over 30 publications including Queen’s Quarterly; Arc Poetry Magazine; The Amethyst Review; Freefall; Soundings; Into Our Words, a Haiku anthology; League of Canadian Poets Vintage anthologies; In a Fine Frenzy, Poets Respond to Shakespeare (University of Iowa Press); Pith and Wry, Canadian Poetry; Tamaracks: a recent Lummox Press anthology; Heartwood, a League of Canadian Poets anthology, and In All Directions, a Canadian Authors Association short story anthology.

Awards include two Aesthetica International Annual Poetry Competitions (2013 and 2014), Cranberry Tree Press competitions, Seeds poetry contest, and many Canadian Authors Association poetry and prose contests. She was the winner of the 2005 Diana Brebner Poetry Prize and a finalist for The Malahat Review Long Poem Prize and the CBC Short Story Award.

She is an introvert, synesthete, vegetarian, bibliophile, ailurophile, dedicated Luddite and one of the last Victorians.

Miller can be reached by email at milleradams613@gmail.com.