Miller, Joaquin

Miller, Joaquin

Miller, Joaquin, pseud. of Cincinnatus Heine (or Hiner) Miller, 1839?-1913, American poet, b. Liberty, Ind. In 1852 his family moved to frontier Oregon. He lived in gold-mining camps, later with Native Americans, and was in turn an express rider, an editor, and an Oregon judge. His first two volumes of poems, Specimens (1868) and Joaquin et al. (1869), contained energetic, rhetorical celebrations of frontier life. They brought him only local acclaim, but in England, where he went next, his colorful personality, his dramatic Western costume, and his Songs of the Sierras (1871) made him famous as a frontier poet. See his autobiography (1898; ed. by S. G. Firman, 1930).
Joaquin Miller Park is a park in the Oakland Hills owned and operated by the city of Oakland, California, named after early California writer and poet Joaquin Miller. Its 500 acres are heavily wooded with redwoods, oaks and pines, and include miles of hiking, biking, horseback riding trails, and an off-leash dog area. The park contains the 2,000-seat outdoor Woodminster Amphitheater and Cascade, an outdoor theater regularly used to stage both amateur and professional musicals and plays. The Amphitheater with its "water feature" (the Cascade, which still has flowing water) was designed by Howard Gilkey, who also designed the now-dry Cleveland Cascade at Lake Merritt; it was built in 1941 and dedicated to California writers.


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