Miles Harvey
Contributor History

Miles Harvey’s fiction has appeared in Ploughshares, The Sun, AGNI, The Michigan Quarterly Review and other publications. His most recent work of nonfiction, The King of Confidence (Little, Brown & Co., 2020), was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice selection. Harvey also wrote The Island of Lost Maps (Random House, 2000) and Painter in a Savage Land (Random House, 2008). He teaches creative writing at DePaul University in Chicago, where he is a founding editor of Big Shoulders Books and the director of the DePaul Publishing Institute.



In Print

Vol. 80
Ways of Water
Spring 2023
Edited by Bradford Morrow


September 20, 2023
The Rachel stands tuned  
            to multiplicities, 
aslant in a territory of longing,
            where she becomes foreign.

            What has she found?
She listens, acknowledges another sound,
            diffuse, multiple,  
pulsing thought, oscillations, whisperings,
            never only one.
September 13, 2023
I had yet to discover the source of that star, it came and it passed but from where it sprang and then fell to fading remained a mystery. In cycling its light lent its powers to coloring my tablecloth a lighter shade, relieving pigment from its duty to darken, except for those spots where I placed my bottles and cups, shielding only parts of the piece from fading, threads left closer to their original hues hewed to others abandoned as wraiths to their fates, a darker ring the mark of those who stayed behind.
September 6, 2023
Where the trees blackened, I saw,

Quickly, three deer lean into goldenness.

It seems, although wildfires rage

Out of control, this world remembers

Some portion of its first purposes:

Superfluous beauty