Heather Ross Miller, part of a well-known North Carolina writing family, has published numerous novels, collections of short stories and poems. Some of her works include: The Edge of the Woods, Tenants of the House, Gone a Hundred Miles, Champeen, Crusoe's Island: The Story of a Writer and a Place, and The Creative Writing Murders.

She grew up in Badin, and several of her works use the old aluminum-smelting town as background. A recent book, Lumina: a town of voices is a collection of narrative poems featuring the neighborhoods and people of Badin, circa World War II.

Miller earned a bachelor’s degree from Woman's College (now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro). She went on to earn a MFA in creative writing and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. She received the Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award from her alma mater, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and also the North Carolina Award for Literature, one of the highest honors her native state bestows. When named Poet of the Day, Heather Ross Miller was described as “One of the divas of Southern literature” and “One of the leading voices in Southern writing.”

In an interview that appears on the North Carolina Arts Council website Heather explained that she tries to avoid the glib, the arch, and the cavalier, but that she does enjoy being funny. "It can be difficult though," she said. "It's easier to write about blood and dropping down dead than it is to be funny!"

Now retired, Ms. Miller taught creative writing and literature at Pfeiffer University, The University of Arkansas, and Washington and Lee University. She has two grown children and two grandchildren and resides in her family's old farm house on Miller Town Road.

Miller was a featured storyteller at both the 2010 and 2011 Uwharrie Storytelling Festival held in Albemarle. Her unique storytelling style always captivates her audience.


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Georgette M. Edgerton ~ Jeff Hamilton ~ Melanie Holles ~ Heather Ross Miller

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