Writers Read Author Series 2015-16
Writers Read, sponsored by the language and literature department, is a special event featuring authors who read from and comment on their work. Dates, times, costs and locations are indicated below. (Map of … , , )
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March 31, 2016 – Evie Yoder Miller – Common Grounds, 4:00 p.m. Light refreshments available. Donations accepted.
Evie Yoder Miller grew up in the small town of Kalona in southeastern Iowa in the 1940s and 1950s, immersed in a family unit of parents and three older siblings, a Mennonite church, and a rural community. In 1962 she graduated from Iowa Mennonite School, and four years later earned a college degree from Goshen College, with a major in English and a minor in physical education. After living in the Appalachia for nineteen years, she went back to graduate school to earn an M.A. (1994) and a Ph.D. (1998) from Ohio University.
Over the years, Yoder Miller has published stories, poems, and essays in small presses, but she says that the novel form is her writing preference. After working with historical material in Eyes at the Window, she has shifted to a contemporary setting in Everyday Mercies. Midwest Book Review gave high praises to Yoder Miller’s work: “A thoroughly entertaining read from beginning to end, Everyday Mercies showcases author Evie Yoder Miller’s impressive storytelling talents with its deftly crafted characters in a superbly woven novel that holds the reader’s complete attention from first page to last.”
Miller’s interests in education continue even though she is now retired from teaching. She has worked in high school, community college, and university settings, most recently teaching composition and creative writing/fiction writing classes for ten years at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Sign language is available upon request.