Library within a Library

This “Library within a Library”—personally curated by Executive Editor Ben Miller—will consist of an experimental series of creations (films, visual art, music, dance, literature) that resound with, and further explore, the phenomenon of political action inspired by a love of justice and humanity. These works will be commissioned on an individual basis.





Horizontal drawing

Dale Williams
title: from “Poor World” series: “Now What? - this all means so much more than we thought it would”
medium: charcoal on paper
size: 19” x 26”
date: 2016
Vertical drawing
Dale Williams
title: “Street Drawing - Held Up for Ridicule: what’s left to depend upon?”
medium: pastel on paper
size: 8” x 6”
date: 2017 





Ben Miller

Ben Miller is an essayist and fiction writer. After attending Cornell College (Mount Vernon, Iowa) he entered the New York University writing program, studying under E.L. Doctorow, John A. Williams and Luisa Valenzuela.

He is the author of River Bend Chronicle (Lookout Books) and his prose has appeared in many journals, including the Kenyon Review, the Antioch Review, New England Review, the Yale Review, the Harvard Review, AGNI, Ecotone, Raritan, One Story and St. Petersburg Review.

Miller’s awards include creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. He has also received a grant from the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America.

Currently he is participating in a number of collaborative projects. At Harvard in April of 2018 he will be co-leading an Exploratory Seminar entitledCreating a Living Archive of Shared Humanity: FB Library / Database of Remembrance and Human Rights.” The FB Library / Database of Remembrance and Human Rights has a central mission to research, document and share humanity’s extraordinary stories of resistance in order to preserve human dignity and to create a more just and humane world. (The project is named in honor of German jurist and campaigner for human rights Dr. Fritz Bauer.)

Additionally, he is participating in Cage Dies Bird Flies, a multi-phase collaboration with Brooklyn painter Dale Williams, as well as the public art project Mural Speaks! which aims to translate the William Carlos William poem “The Red Wheelbarrow” into each the 140 plus languages currently spoken in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Miller is married to the poet Anne Pierson Wiese, author of Floating City (LSU Press).