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About the Author: Lynn C. Miller

I believe that stories transform lives and that lives generate stories. I started writing at age 9, typing in red ink on an Underwood typewriter, when my family moved from River Forest, IL to a farm five miles northeast of Devils Lake, ND.

I live in Albuquerque and am a novelist and playwright, performer, and educator. My published novels are The Day After Death (just out!), The Fool’s Journey and Death of a Department Chair. Find Your Story, Write Your Memoir (written with Lisa Lenard-Cook) came out in March, 2013 from the University of Wisconsin Press. My plays have been produced in Austin, Tulsa, Albuquerque, Provincetown, Yaddo, and elsewhere.

In 2010 Lisa Lenard-Cook and I founded the ABQ Writers Co-op, providing community in New Mexico for writers everywhere. We founded the literary journal bosque, now in its sixth year. I now edit the journal and offer retreats, events, and classes for writers through Bosque Press. I also consult with writers and run generative and critique groups.

I have a B.A. from the University of North Dakota in English and theater, an M.A. from Northwestern University in performance studies, and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in communication and performance. I’ve taught writing and performance at Penn State University, The University of Southern California, and the University of Texas at Austin, where I was Professor of Theatre and Dance.

I have performed the lives of women in history (Gertrude Stein, Edith Wharton, Victoria Woodhull, and Katherine Anne Porter), and have appeared as a guest artist at many universities and art festivals......

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Paperback, Published in Aug 2006 by University of Wisconsin Press

ISBN10: 0299219747 | ISBN13: 9780299219741

Page count: 250

In Death of a Department Chair, protagonist Miriam Held recounts the events of the previous fall when she was suspected of killing Isabel Vittorio, the chair of her department and her former lover. The controversial and contrary Vittorio was, at the time of her death, attempting to block the hire of a brilliant African American female professor. Already under siege for her attempts to increase diversity on campus, Miriam is forced to defend her reputation and her life. As she searches for the truth, Miriam amasses evidence that leaves few friends and colleagues free from suspicion. Both a classic whodunit and a witty satire, Death of a Department Chair dramatizes how communities can create the very climate of mistrust and paranoia that victimizes them.

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