Noah Milligan

Noah Milligan (Fiction) | Edmond, OK

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Noah Milligan’s debut novel, An Elegant Theory, was shortlisted for the Horatio Nelson Fiction Prize and a finalist for Foreword Review‘s 2016 Book of the Year. He is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of Central Oklahoma, and his short fiction has appeared in Windmill: The Hofstra University of Literature and Art, Rathalla Review, MAKE Literary Magazine, Storyscape Literary Journal, and elsewhere. A collection of short stories, Five Hundred Poor, will be released by Central Avenue Publishing in June 2018.


Five Hundred Poor (Central Avenue Publishing, 2018). Short Stories. Fiction.
An Elegant Theory (Central Avenue Publishing, 2016). Novel. Fiction.

Blurbs, Press & Reviews

“Noah Milligan possesses a concise mastery of language and a sharp lens through which he sees the world. The characters he delivers in Five Hundred Poor, his engaging collection of short stories, are at once vivid and impossible to ignore. They have both heart and soul. They challenged and inspired me.”
—Jennifer Haupt, author of In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills

“The stories in Five Hundred Poor conspire to create a sad and familiar world, with characters whose lives offer hope among tragedy. Noah Milligan writes about Oklahoma in such an uncanny, dark, compelling way. He is a very gifted writer, and I look forward to reading more of his work.”
—Brandon Hobson, author of Where the Dead Sit Talking

An Elegant Theory is a literary Rorschach test, a mind-bending ride, in which “real” conclusions are elusive, and discovery always waits just beyond the next page.”
Foreword Reviews

“A delightfully intelligent psychological thriller, Noah Milligan’s debut novel is as ambitious and complex as its main character, Coulter Zahn, who aspires to nothing less than a complete understanding of the universe. An Elegant Theory intrigues the mind, thrills the senses, and keeps the reader engaged straight through to the surprising ending. An auspicious debut.”
—Rilla Askew, author of Kind of Kin

An Elegant Theory is a vibrant puzzle of a novel, an unstoppable force—full of twists, turns, and surprises while remaining fully grounded in real life. I sped straight through this one and when I got to the last page, I even considered starting again just to see how the story might change knowing what I knew by the end. I’ll be watching out for Noah Milligan. Surely, this is the start of a great literary career.”
—Jessica Anya Blau, author of The Trouble with Lexie

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