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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Martha Miller  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1947 in Springfield, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Miller was born and raised in Springfield. She still lives there today.

Biographical and Professional Information

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.

Published Works

  • Skin to Skin, New Victoria Press, 1998
  • Nine Nights on the Windy Tree, New Victoria Press, 2000
  • Dispatch to Death, New Victoria Press, 2003
  • Tales from the Levee, Herrington Press, 2005
  • Retirement Plan: A Crime Story, Bold Strokes Books, 2011
  • Widow, Bold Strokes Books, 2014

Selected Titles At Your Library

Skin to skin :
ISBN: 0934678863. OCLC Number:

New Victoria Publishers,. Norwich, VT :. ©1998.

Nine nights on the windy tree :
ISBN: 1892281112. OCLC Number:

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

Dispatch to death :
ISBN: 1892281201. OCLC Number:

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

Tales from the levee /
ISBN: 1560232978. OCLC Number:

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Retirement plan :
ISBN: 1602822247. OCLC Number:

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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.

Widow /
ISBN: 1626392145. OCLC Number:

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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.


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 Dealing with AIDS

Tales from the Levee

  • Friends of Lincoln Library Writer of the Year, 1995
  • At the Last Minute

    - short story

  • Raymond Carver Short Fiction Award

    Speaking Engagements

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