Rod Miller

Poet, novelist, historian, biographer, journalist, essayist, reviewer, and screenwriter, Rod Miller’s work appears in books and magazines, anthologies and collections, online and on the screen. His subject matter is the American West, and he writes about its people and its places, its past and its present. A lifelong westerner, Miller was born June 7, 1952 and grew up in Goshen, Utah. He graduated from Payson High School, and earned a journalism degree from Utah State University. He spent 40 years as an award-winning advertising copywriter and creative director. For many years he has lived in Sandy, Utah.

Miller has won the prestigious Spur Award from the Western Writers of America four times: for a novel, Rawhide Robinson Rides the Range in 2015; for the poem “Tabula Rasa,” in 2012; and twice for short fiction, for “Lost and Found” in 2018 and “The Death of Delgado” in 2012.  He has also been a finalist for Spur Awards on six other occasions for novels, short stories, poetry, and a song. Other recognition comes from Western Fictioneers, Westerners International, and the Academy of Western Artists. He was named 2012 Writer of the Year by the League of Utah Writers. 

Author of ten novels, four books of nonfiction, and three collections of poetry, Miller is widely published in anthologies and has written for several magazines. He wrote the screenplay for director T.C. Christensen’s 2001 film, Bug Off




A Thousand Dead Horses (Five Star Publishing, 2021)

Pinebox Collins (Five Star Publishing, 2020)

Father unto Many Sons (Five Star Publishing, 2019)Rawhide Robinson Rides a Dromedary (Five Star Publishing, 2018)

Rawhide Robinson Rides the Tabby Trail (Five Star Publishing, 2015)

Rawhide Robinson Rides the Range (Five Star Publishing, 2014)

The Death of Delgado and Other Stories (Pen-L Press, 2015)

Cold as the Clay (High Hills Press, 2013)

The Assassination of Governor Boggs (Bonneville Books, 2011)

Gallows for a Gunman (Pinnacle Books, 2005)


Goodnight Goes Riding and Other Poems (Pen-L Publishing, 2014)

Newe Dreams (Laughing Mouse Press, 2011)

Things a Cowboy Sees and Other Poems (Port Yonder Press, 2011, Pen-L Publishing, 2017)


The Lost Frontier: Momentous Moments in the Old West You May Have Missed (TwoDot Books, 2015)

Go West: The Risk & The Reward (Range Conservation Society, 2012)

Massacre at Bear River: First, Worst, Forgotten (Caxton Press, 2008)

American Heroes: John Muir, Magnificent Tramp (Forge Books, 2005) 


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Additional Info

  • Region: Wasatch Front
  • Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction