My latest project:

Down and Out on The Hill

an eBook by J. Wade Miller



About J. Wade Miller

J. Wade Miller studied journalism and minored in gender studies at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas, where he graduated in 2009. He has worked four unpaid internships, and two of them were somewhat notable internships —one with the Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT civil rights organization in the country, and the other an internship in Congressman Alan Grayson’s office on Capitol Hill

He is a freelance writer, part-time activist, AmeriCorps VISTA alum, and major Beyoncé enthusiast who lives in Austin, Texas.  When not binge watching TV shows or movies, he is usually rabble rousing about issues that are important to him. Those being LGBT rights, income inequality, and social justice. 

His hope is that DOWN AND OUT ON THE HILL will begin a discussion on the injustice of unpaid internships. 

Favorite Food

Taco Trucks on Every Corner

Favorite types of Tv show & Movies

Comedy, Documentaries, and trashy reality shows

favorite music

Anything by Beyoncé , or R&B in general

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.

-Maya Angelou

Down and Out on The Hill

Down and Out on The Hill: Homeless in the Nation's Capital recounts the story of a 25-year-old Capitol Hill intern who suddenly becomes homeless and desperately accepts a job waiting tables at a seedy diner in a forgotten D.C. neighborhood. This true story takes an almost deadly turn when the author is held at gunpoint, then shot in the chest by a 15-year-old.

If during your dream internship you became homeless, would you have packed up and headed back home? Or, would you have stuck with it and waited to see what happened? J. Wade Miller's desire for success betted on an internship in Congressman Alan Grayson’s office opening major doors for him. So, he stuck with it. Down and Out on The Hill is his story.

In Down and Out on The Hill, J. Wade Miller journals his experience as a homeless intern in the nation’s capital. It starts with his first day in D.C. and concludes with him testifying in an attempted murder trial in D.C. Superior Court.

He describes couch surfing for nearly two months and interning in the office of one of the richest members of Congress while homeless. He also muses over being interrogated by the Secret Service for attempting to pay with counterfeit money (don’t worry–the money was indeed NOT counterfeit). He describes the months he waited tables at a local diner with coworkers and customers who can only be characterized as “peculiar.” Lastly, he tells the story of being shot in the chest by a 15-year-old and the 24-day hospital stay that came next, which resulted in a $197,125.86 hospital bill. 

A one-of-its-kind book, Down and Out on The Hill is a gut-wrenching true story of survival against all odds. This inspiring, timely, thought-provoking piece journals J. Wade Miller's struggle to pull himself out of homelessness. Just as his life is on the upswing, he runs into a marauding mob of youths and barely escapes with his life. Down and Out on The Hill illuminates the myth of the American Dream and will make you cheer, yell, and laugh at what can only happen in America. 


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