Anesa Miller

Anesa Miller

As a child, Anesa Miller resisted schooling and had to be pushed to keep up with her classmates. On a car trip across the Great Plains, her mother threatened that there would be no lunch until Anesa read several pages aloud from Tasha Tudor’s A Is for Annabelle. Under pressure, the seven-year-old buckled down, focused on the page, and gained a sudden insight into the link between letters, sound, and meaning. A passion for reading and love of literature were born.

Anesa’s attitude toward education improved rapidly. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles and developed a fascination for the Russian language. She made her first trip to the Soviet Union in 1974, where a hotel maid offered condolences on the resignation of President Richard Nixon. “Such a pity for your country!” The Americans on the study-abroad program explained that his resignation was not such a tragedy.

At the University of Kansas, Anesa received a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures. She translated scholarly essays, edited books, and taught at universities as well as elementary schools. After the end of the Cold War, when college enrollments in Russian language courses declined, Anesa returned to writing poems and fiction, which she had enjoyed throughout her youth.

Anesa was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship in Creative Writing from the Ohio Arts Council in 1998. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Idaho in 2011. Sibylline Press published her novel, I Never Do This, in 2024 and will reissue her previously self-published novel, Our Orbit, in 2025. Her poems and prose have been published in The Kenyon ReviewThe Cream City ReviewThe California QuarterlySpoon River Poetry Review, and many others. She now devotes herself to writing full-time.

For 26 years, Anesa was married to the renowned neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp who passed away in 2018. She edited and assisted with many of his publications. The couple had three grown children. Anesa now divides her time between northwest Ohio and southern Arizona.

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