Chip Miller has performed and toured with poetry icons Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Wanda Coleman, Laurie Anderson, and Patti Smith. His unique and surreal spoken word performances draw from Miller’s 1978 underground book, “Loss”, and from selections he published in numerous periodicals, anthologies, and national magazines, such as Rolling Stone, New Yorker, Village Voice, The Aquarian, three volumes of the Clover Collection of Poetry, Playboy, Esquire, LA Weekly, The Great American Eagle, One Magazine, and The William Carlos Williams New Jersey Poetry Collection. A favorite on the NYC area literary scene, Miller hails coincidently from Ginsberg’s birthplace, Paterson, NJ, a city captured in verse by great American poet, William Carlos Williams, in his masterpiece, “Paterson.” Miller’s eclectic, Dali--like works effortlessly evoke influences of Dylan Thomas, Leonard Cohen, Jim Carroll, John Lennon, and a touch of George Carlin.
He performed at major New York area venues like The Bitter End Cafe, The Village Gate, Café Wha?, The Bottom Line, Lincoln Center, The Thirsty Ear, Fordham, UCLA, New York University, the NY Main Library, and Carnegie Hall. Opening for legendary rock poet, Lou Reed, Miller also read at the infamous home of punk rock, CBGB’s! He was a featured poet at The Newport Folk Festival, The Museum of Modern Art Poetry Festival, the Woodstock Poetry Festival, and the Isle of White Literary Festival. He performed his epic poem, “The Wheel,” accompanied by a 20--piece orchestra from NYC, and composer Jude Quintere, as a live broadcast on WNYU Radio and PBS Television. In California, he has performed in Venice Beach, the LA Library, and such venues as Hollywood’s El Rey Theater, the Palm Springs Museum, and the Buzz Coffee in Palm Desert. As a member of the folk duo, Reynolds and Miller, he toured with Paul Simon and Seals and Crofts.
Moving to LA in the 80’s, Miller carved a successful career directing, writing, and producing for film, TV, commercials, and music videos (helming 190 music videos for MTV, VH--1, BET, CMT, BBC & MTV Europe). He currently heads up a national film and TV video production and post--production facility in Indian Wells and Burbank, Desert C.A.M. Studios/Winmill Film & TV Productions.
He’s directed dozens of PBS TV pledge concert specials, for artists like Brian Wilson, Donovan, Diahann Carroll, Marc Anthony, The National Dance Academy of Ireland, The Irish Tenors, a Native American music special for FNX Channel, a Kingston Trio all--star tribute, and many more. He penned biopic feature films on The Mamas and The Papas, Edgar Cayce, Gene Vincent, and Morton Downey, Jr., and is lead singer/guitarist for popular alternative folk rock band, Old Sand Mill.
Free Event to be held Friday, April 14, 2017 @ 2:00 PM at the Palm Desert Library 73-300 Fred Waring Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92260. 760-346-6552.