William Miller was born and raised in Anniston, Ala. He missed a year of school at age twelve due to an illness. The reading and writing he did during that time inspired him to become a writer. He entered the Alabama School of Fine Arts at age sixteen and studied under poet Charles Ghigna. Miller earned a BA from Eckard College in St. Petersburg, Fla., in 1982 and an MA from Hollins College (now Hollins University) in Roanoke, Va., in 1983. From 1984 to 1987, he was an English instructor at Jacksonville State University. Miller earned his PhD in English and American literature from the State University of New York at Binghamton (now Binghamton University) in 1988 and began teaching at York College in York, Pa., shortly thereafter. In the early 1990s, Miller published two books of poetry. He was then urged by his former mentor, Charles Ghigna, to write a book for children. Zora Hurston and the Chinaberry Tree was published in 1994 and was a selection for the PBS children’s television series Reading Rainbow. Since then, Miller has published another book of poetry and many children’s books. He teaches creative writing and African American literature at York College.
William Miller writes poetry and books for children about black Americans. Some of his children’s books are based on real people and events.
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Last updated on May 30, 2008.