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Martha Miller

Born: 1947 in Springfield, Illinois
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Miller was born and raised in Springfield. She still lives there today.

Biography: Award-winning Midwestern writer Martha Miller is the author of four books: ''Skin to Skin: Erotic Lesbian Love Stories'', ''Nine Nights on the Windy Tree'', ''Dispatch to Death'', and ''Tales from the Levee''. Her stories, reviews, and articles are widely published in anthologies, magazines, periodicals, and newspapers. She writes a monthly column for ''Out and About Illinois'' called “Martha [Lesbian] Living,” a lesbian send-up of that other, more domestic, Martha. She is a winner of a Raymond Carver Short Fiction Award and the Illinois Arts Council Artists Fellowship, among others. She loves to read and she loves basketball. She teaches writing part time at a local community college and lives a quiet life with her partner Ann and two dogs and two cats.

  • Illinois Arts Council, Artists Fellowship, 1997 Poets & Writers Lila Wallace Award, 1996 Springfield Area Arts Council Award for Fiction UIS, Craig Brown, Outstanding AST Award for her development and teaching of a seminar of Memoir Writing for People De

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Martha Miller on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Dispatch to death :
ISBN: 1892281201 OCLC: 52079613

New Victoria Publishers, Norwich, Vt. : ©2003.

Nine nights on the windy tree :
ISBN: 1892281112 OCLC: 43851487

New Victoria Publishers, Norwich, Vt. : ©2000.

Retirement plan :
ISBN: 1602822247 OCLC: 659768702

What do you do when you fall through the loopholes in the system and all you have to rely on are your own wits? Lois and Sophie have scrambled and saved for years, planning for their retirement in Florida. But now they've lost it all, and Lois's sniper training from her long-ago service as an Army nurse leads to a desperate career choice. When Detective Morgan Holiday is assigned to investigate a spate of sniper killings, it's just one more stress point in her already overburdened life. But as she grows increasingly solitary - coping with an Alzheimer's-plagued mother who refuses to be confined to a nursing home, and a police partner counting the days to retirement - she comes to realize that these murders may cut close to home. A modern morality tale of justice, retribution, and women who refuse to be politely invisible. -- back cover.

Skin to skin :
ISBN: 0934678863 OCLC: 37955582

New Victoria Publishers, Norwich, VT : ©1998.

Tales from the levee /
ISBN: 1560232978 OCLC: 58546351

  Tales from the Levee :
ISBN: 9781626398726 OCLC: 957265323

Different is a brave thing to be, a mother tells her five-year-old daughter. During the 1960s and 1970s, when things for gays and lesbians were starting to change in larger cities, in the Midwest, different was not a safe thing to be. A memorable cast of characters, a sympathetic, believable, tight-knit community of friends and rivals fill out the interconnected stories with butches, femmes, go-go dancers, and drag queens who try to find their way in an unaccepting culture by becoming a family of choice. Anyone who has ever been on the outside looking in will feel at home on the levee.

ISBN: 9781626392144 OCLC: 873742298

County Judge Bertha Brannon's life blows up when her partner of twelve years, police sergeant Toni Matulis, the love of her life, is killed during a domestic violence call gone bad. Bertha is still trying to accept what's happened when she gets the first of several threatening phone calls. This is followed by one dangerous incident after the next, one dead body after the last. The police are no help, so Bertha starts her own investigation and learns that Toni was working on a case that no one wanted her to solve, a case of corruption that goes all the way to the top.