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Millar received an MA degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1970. He has worked as a telephone installation foreman and commercial fisherman and in 1997 gave up this blue collar life to try his hand at teaching. He has poems about fatherhood, labor, relationships and the life of the American man in the 20th Century.
His work has appeared in many magazines and journals, including The Alaska Quarterly Review, "DoubleTake," Ploughshares,Poetry International, and Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, TriQuarterly, New Letters, Raleigh Review and Shenandoah.
He is married to poet Dorianne Laux; they live in Raleigh, North Carolina.
In 2002, Millar was awarded a Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 2008 his work won a Pushcart Prize. He has also been the recipient of grants from the Montalvo Center for the Arts and from Oregon Literary Arts. In 2012, he was selected as a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow.
His writing includes three books of poetry, Overtime (2001), a finalist for the Oregon Book Award, Fortune (2006), and a third collection, Blue Rust," from Carnegie Mellon University Press (2012). He has also published three chapbooks, "Slow Dancer", Cherry Valley Editions, 1992, "Nightbound", Idaho Review Press, 2009 and a third, "Bestiary," from Red Dragonfly Press was published in summer of 2010.
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