Biography of Alyce Miller
She was born in Zurich, Switzerland and lived "most of her life" in the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently, she lives in Bloomington, Indiana.
She received her B.A. from Ohio State University, an M.A. in English Literature from San Francisco State University; an M.A. in Film from San Francisco State University, 1987; an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 1995; and a J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law in 2003. She teaches in the English department at Indiana University. She is also an attorney who works pro bono in family law and for animal rights. She believes that animals are not "just property," as the law defines them, but deserving of a different moral status that acknowledges their sentience, intelligence, emotionality, and capacity for happiness. In a recent interview, she stated that "writers have an obligation to know and pay attention to the world they live in."
lion in suburbia
They spotted him one early gray morning
placidly seated by the children's swingset,
over-sized marzipan cat,
like a child's stuffed toy abandoned to the dew—
(Pathera leo, you with ratty mane and skeptical look,
briefly free of the torments that brought you here,
what compromises have you been asked to make,
while imagining a world where God shuts not the lion's mouth.)—