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Kathleen Volk Miller, MA

Kathleen Volk Miller

Co-Editor, Painted Bride Quarterly
Teaching Professor of English
Department of English and Philosophy
Office: 5016 MacAlister Hall

Additional Sites:
The Painted Bride Quarterly


  • MA, Creative Writing, Rutgers University, 1991

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

  • Publishing
  • Creative Writing
  • Literary Magazines
  • Writing and Neuroplasticity
  • Healing through Writing
  • Journaling
  • Personal Essay


Kathleen Volk Miller has written for LitHub, NYT Modern Love, O, the Oprah magazine, Salon, The New York Times, Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Family Circle, Philadelphia Magazine and other venues. “How We Want to Live,” an essay, was chosen as the penultimate piece in  (Flat Iron Books, Hearst Publications, 2016). She is co-editor of the anthology, Humor: A Reader for Writers (Oxford University Press, 2014). She is co-editor of The Painted Bride Quarterly and co-host of PBQ’s podcast, Slush Pile. She has also published in literary magazines, such as Drunken Boat, Opium, and other venues. She holds “Healing through Writing” workshops, “Writing and the Brain” courses and other memoir classes. She consults on literary magazine start up, working with college students, and getting published in literary magazines. She is a teaching professor at Drexel University.

Selected Publications:

  • “Helping My Already Anxious Daughter Through These Times,” Grown & Flown, May 22, 2020
  • “Death and the Poet” Lit Hub, May 2019
  • “A Future Without Him, Aided by Duct Tape,” New York Times, February 23, 2018
  • Essay chosen as penultimate essay for “Oprah’s Book of Starting Over,” Macmillan Publishers, October 25, 2016
  • Asked to write a weekly post young adult culture and parenting young adults on Huffington Post:
  • “Let’s Not Stay Inside,” O, the Oprah Magazine. May, 2016
  • “Thanksgiving Tips For Parents of College Freshmen,” Brain Child, November, 2015
  • “My son, and the Snapchat shot that led to a parenting crisis”, July 6, 2015
  • Humor, A Reader: Oxford University Press, December, 2014
  • “ All in the Family,” Substance, March, 2014
  • “How to Reinvent Your Career,” Family Circle, May, 2013 
  • “Counting My Drinks,” Salon, October, 2013 
  • “Helicopter Parenting in the College Years,” Family Circle, September, 2012
  • “W.S. Di Piero: Hundred Thousand Dollar Poet” Philly Weekly, June, 2012
  • “Words We Had After He Died.” Salon, April, 2012.
  • “Parenting Secrets of a College Professor.” Salon, February, 2012.
  • “A Haunted House.” New York: Opium Magazine, 2011.
  • “Sex, Death, and Birth Control.” New York Times, 2011.
  • **Weekly **Weekly Blogger, Philadelphia Magazine, August 2011 to December, 2013.
  • "For One Year and Always." Drunken Boat, 2011. 
  • “Feeding People” The Smart Set, 2007.
  • A weekly column on the Arts in Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Inquirer, August- December 2005.
  • “Working with Students on Literary Magazines,” Council on Literary Magazines & Presses Monograph, 2005.
  • “Putting the Onus of Learning on the Student” Prairie Schooner’s Pedagogy Papers, 2001.