Anatomy of a Miracle (Miles) - Author Bio

Author Bio
Birth—January 28, 1971
Where—Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Raised—Phoenix, Arizona
Education—University of Mississippi
Currently—lives in rural New Jersey


Jonathan Miles is an American journalist and novelist. His debut novel, Dear American Airlines (2008), was published to wide acclaim. He has since published two more novels, Want Not (2013) and Anatomy of a Miracle (2018).

Early life
Miles was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and later moved with his family to Phoenix, Arizona, where he was raised. At 17 he ran away from home and, after a stint back in Cleveland, headed to Oxford, Mississippi. Eventually he attended the University of Mississippi where he took a writing class with Barry Hannah.

Finding work as a newspaper reporter and aspiring jazz musician, Miles met novelist Larry Brown. The two became friends, and while Miles didn't graduate from "Ole Miss", Brown taught and encouraged Miles to write: "It was an astonishing education. Some people go to the Iowa Writer's Workshop. I had Larry."

Career
While Miles never studied journalism in college, his work soon found publication in a local literary magazine, the Oxford American, and he continued to contribute essays and critique for several years.

A friend suggested Miles apply as a reporter for The Oxford Eagle, and while the pay wasn't good, being forced to churn out daily copy gradually improved his ability to write more dispassionately about complex and emotional subjects. Miles claims he was fired by the paper years later for writing an obituary about a subject who had admitted regularly providing bootlegged liquor to noted Oxford resident William Faulkner and correctly reporting the fact.

Fortunately, Miles's writing caught the eye of Esquire editor Will Blythe, who published an account Miles wrote of an ingenious prison escape he'd investigated while writing for the Oxford paper. Miles had developed a reputation as a keen observer of Mississippi culture, selling essays to Food & Wine, Men's Journal and The New York Times Magazine.

He credits his early literary voice to his time in Oxford, Mississippi, but when Men's Journal offered him an annual contract Miles was already driving a moving van toward New York City in search of such an opportunity. (From Wikipedia. Retrieved 3/7/2018.)

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