CV

Education

  • Current First Year PhD Student in Comparative Literature at Emory University
  • 2019 Boston University, M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Fiction track)
  • 2016 Washington University in St. Louis, Master of Social Work
  • 2011 New York University, B.A. French Major, Creative Writing Minor

Selected Work Experience

2018, Adjunct Professor, Boston University (Boston, MA)

  • In Fall 2018, I taught an “Intro to Creative Writing” 4 credit-hour class.
  • Although I was given general guidelines for the syllabus, I designed the course myself.
  • Received all "As" on my class evaluations.

2017-2018 Head Writer, "Niko Cybiotica" (various locations)

  • I work with the director of the project (Andy Quitmeyer) and an illustrator. We collaborate remotely.
  • The project is a science-focused, futuristic, multi-genre series for young adults.

2016-2017 Lead Organizer, 350 STL (St. Louis, MO)

  • In Fall 2016, I helped found this grassroots environmental nonprofit in St. Louis.
  • Led planning for kickoff event, which had around 200 attendees.
  • Spearheaded efforts for the first St. Louis People's Climate March, which featured a broad coalition of racial justice, environmental, and economic justice organizations.
  • This event required my being a public face of the organization in a number of arenas, including in an interview with St. Louis Public Radio.
  • Built organization's website and started and managed social media platforms.

2016-2017 Social Worker, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (St. Louis, MO)

  • Full-time social worker for the Housing Unit at this legal aid nonprofit.
  • Interviewed all new clients in the housing unit to determine their social, economic, mental health, and advocacy needs.
  • Maintained caseload of around 40 clients and improved measuring tools and outcomes.
  • Met regularly one-on-one with clients to provide counseling and access to resources.
  • Mentored practicum students.

Case Management Practicum Student, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, January-July 2015, Saint Louis, MO

  • Prepared U-Visa and VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) immigration cases for submission to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; wrote affidavits, performed research, and worked with clients to gather information.
  • Performed assessments with clients to determine social service needs.
  • Advocated for clients’ needs with agencies around Saint Louis.
  • Developed policy briefs on language access in the courts and mental healthcare for immigrants and refugees.
  • Coordinated with psychologists and psychiatrists to disseminate policy briefs related to immigrant and refugee mental health and legal issues.

Recruitment and Awareness Coordinator/ AmeriCorps Member, Literacy Council of Buncombe County, August 2013-August 2014, Asheville, NC

  • Designed a new volunteer orientation curriculum and conducted a total of 12 orientation sessions, thereby inducting a total of 168 new volunteer tutors.
  • Performed assessments with clients to determine social service needs.
  • Planned educational events for students and volunteers.
  • Redesigned the organization’s website using .html coding, which resulted in better search engine optimization and an increase in traffic to the site.
  • Spearheaded a successful partnership with a community school initiative and local non-profits to provide a total of four free classes to the community, including computer classes and fiscal literacy instruction.
  • Performed data collection and program evaluation to demonstrate programs’ efficacy and maintain funding streams.
  • Provided one-on-one weekly literacy instruction for one elementary school student, one adult student, and one ESL student; all of my students made impressive improvements; one set an agency-wide record for improvement.
  • Outlined and executed a daily online outreach strategy, which included social media, direct emails, and online volunteer databases; increased agency’s social media networks by 10-20%.
  • Spoke to audiences of up to 200 people as part of recruitment efforts.
  • For the agency’s first annual Global Youth Service Day event, I recruited 45 volunteers, partnered with four community organizations, solicited $185 worth of food and gift-certificate donations from local companies and gave away approximately 450 books to children and adults in a public-housing community.

Publications

  • Fall 2018 “Stories from the End" non-fiction, The Matador Review (pushcart-prize nominated) http://www.matadorreview.com/mary-t-miller/
  • Fall 2018 “The Lawn Jockey,” fiction, Heavy Feather Review https://heavyfeatherreview.org/2018/10/23/miller/
  • Various publications for Immersive Atlanta, 2019-2020
  • September 2020, "Feature: A proposed land deal between DeKalb County and Blackhall Studios seeks to bulldoze history as well as trees" https://www.mainlinezine.com/feature-a-proposed-land-deal-between-dekalb-county-and-blackhall-studios-seeks-to-bulldoze-history-as-well-as-trees/