Miles was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and fled for the Pacific as soon as it was possible. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of San Diego with a BA in English and creative writing, and went on to receive his MFA from the Programs in Writing at the University of California, Irvine. As an undergraduate, Miles served as the student coordinator of the USD writing center, working with students on everything from lower-division lit reviews to law school application essays. At the end of his tenure, he garnered departmental honors and an award for distinguished service to the writing center. As a grad student at UC Irvine, Miles taught courses in rhetoric and composition, research and argument, fiction writing and literary journalism.
Miles has been tutoring and teaching for the past seven years, working with students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds. Miles’s favorite part about reading and writing is that it’s not limited to a single discipline, and that composition and revision strategies can be applied to work in any field. To that end, he works to create a personalized curriculum with each student based on their unique interests and goals. Miles has plenty up his sleeve when it comes to drafting tips, usage tricks, and editing tactics, but he also recognizes that writing is a complicated intellectual and emotional process and to get the best out of any student it is essential to take a holistic approach. He focuses as much on the learning process as he does on its individual products.
In his downtime Miles overcooks crème brûlée, plays guitar, and nurses an ongoing internal debate over his favorite Carly Rae Jepsen song. His top pick right now is “Boy Problems,” though “First Time” is a close second.