American "Poet of the Sierras" who is remembered for Pacific Poems, An Elk Hunt, and other western-themed works. He is also known for his 1886 novel, The Destruction of Gotham, which features a prostitute as a protagonist.
He relocated from Indiana to California during the era of the California Gold Rush.
His birth name was Cincinnatus Heine Miller; Joaquin Miller was his pen name.
He married Abigail Leland in 1763.
He was influenced by Harriet Beecher Stowe.