Thursday, November 19, 2015

Upcoming DC Reading on December 10th

I look forward to reading with friend and co-teacher at Politics and Prose bookstore, Martha Ertman, author of Love's Promises, on December 10th. I hope to see you all there!

Optional, free RSVP on the Eventbrite page.


Wellesley and Smith Alums who Write (and read!)
Come to a reading & discussion with 
Martha Ertman (Wellesley ‘85) and 
Chloe Yelena Miller (Smith ‘98)
Comments from Ellie Blume (Wellesley ‘06)

Love’s Promises: How Formal and Informal Contracts Shape All Kinds of Families by Martha M. Ertman

Unrest by Chloe Yelena Miller

DC Public Library | Tenleytown Branch
4450 Wisconsin Ave NWWashington, DC 20016 

Free and open to the public

Hosted by The Washington Wellesley Club and The Smith College Club of Washington D.C.

For more: 
Read more about Love's Promises

Read more about Unrest, a poetry chapbook

Books won't be available for sale at the library, but you can buy your copy ahead of time at Politics & Prose Bookstore and have it signed at the reading.

Share the word with our Facebook event page.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Memoir Essay Writing Prompts from College Application Essays

I particularly enjoy working with high school seniors as they draft and revise their college application essays. The best questions are simultaneously narrow and broad. If you think about molding your own essay to reveal something about yourself, they can be a healthy and fun exercise.

I encourage memoir writing students to use these essay questions as prompts for their own essays.

Here are two favorites from the University of Chicago (with a few more here):

Orange is the new black, fifty’s the new thirty, comedy is the new rock ‘n’ roll, ____ is the new ____. What’s in, what’s out, and why is it being replaced?

“I learned to make my mind large, as the universe is large, so that there is room for paradoxes.” –Maxine Hong Kingston. What paradoxes do you live with?

One of Stanford's short essay questions asks, "What matters to you, and why?" Broad, yes. But also good to think about as you hone your essay to address one particular issue. Read more of their questions here.

For even more, here are this year's Common Application essay questions

Monday, November 2, 2015

Chloe Reading in Wilmington, DE

I'm excited to be reading in the 2nd Saturday Poets reading series in Wilmington, Delaware on November 14. I'd love to see you there and hear your work during the open mike, too. Here are the details:

Featured Reader
Chloe Yelena Miller
November 14, 2015 5-7 p.m.
Chloe Yelena Miller is a writer and teacher living in Washington, D.C., with her husband, son and their many books. Her poetry chapbook Unrest was published by Finishing Line Press. Her work is published or forthcoming in Alimentum, The Cortland Review, Narrative Magazine, Poet’s Market, and Storyscape Literary Journal, among others. She is currently on the Folger Poetry Board for the Folger Shakespeare Library. Chloe has worked for Toadlily Press, The Literary Review, Portal del Sol and Lumina. She has participated in the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Vermont Studio Center residency and the A Room of Her Own Writers’ Retreat. Chloe teaches writing at the University of Maryland University College, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Politics & Prose Bookstore, as well as privately. She has an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Contact her and read some of her work at

Established time limits (20 minutes if you are a featured reader, and 3 or 5 minutes if you are an open mic reader) must be observed. The allotted time limits include your introductory statements. Since we have one featured reader this month, open mic readings must be limited to 5 minutes.

2nd Saturday Poets meets at:
The Jackson Inn, Inc.
101 North DuPont Road, Wilmington, DE 19807-3105
Phone: 302-652-9972

Open mic to follow the featured readings! Bring your own poetry or short prose to read.
Please time your reading beforehand and limit your reading to 5 minutes or less.

The Jackson Inn is located at the corner of North DuPont Road and Lancaster Avenue, across the street from the Lancaster Avenue entrance to the Silverbrook Cemetery and facing the large sculpture on the corner of North DuPont Road that fronts the Cab Calloway School for the Performing Arts (the old Wilmington High School). There will be the usual $5 cover, which gifts the featured readers. Free parking is available in the parking lot that surrounds the Inn. The food is tasty and reasonably priced! NOTE: The Jackson Inn holds a tavern license, and while it serves food, it is restricted to the limitations of a tavern for serving alcohol. That means Second Saturday attendees MUST BE 21 or older to attend readings at the Jackson Inn. Hope to see you there! 

Facebook event page here.