Ciara Darnise Miller was born and raised on the west side of Chicago. She is a Louder than a Bomb poetry slam champion who has been a featured performer at various high schools, colleges, and writing organizations throughout the United States including: Berkeley High, Chicago Academy of the Arts, MaryMount Manhattan College, Milliken University, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and the Nuyorican Poets Café. She is the author of self-published chapbook Black Dorothy and is published in numerous Young Chicago Authors anthologies, StarWall Paper, What I Know Is Me—Black Girls Write about Their World, Dark Phrases, The SLC Review, and Saul Williams’s forthcoming MTV anthology Chorus to be released September 4th, 2012. She is a Sarah Lawrence College graduate, a Cave Canem fellow, a dual degree African American/African Diaspora MA candidate, and the current president of the Black Graduate Student Association. She approaches writing by taking influences from any speck of truth she can find.
Ciara Miller’s poems “Tar Woman” and “From the Hen Your Husband Fetishizes” recently appeared the African American Review. Her poems “In Search of Black Birds” and “How to Make Pancakes” (after the 1934 version of the film Imitation of Life ) were also recently published in Muzzle Magazine. Her poem “From the DCFS Counselor’s Office” was published in BlackBerry Magazine this fall, and her poem “Becoming” is forthcoming in Fjords Review.