Brenda Miller is the author of five essay collections, including An Earlier Life, which received the Washington State Book Award for Memoir. Her latest book, A Braided Heart: Essays on Writing and Form (2021), is available from University of Michigan Press. She also coauthored Tell It Slant: Creating, Refining and Publishing Creative Nonfiction (Third Edition 2019) and The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World. Brenda’s work has received six Pushcart Prizes. She is a professor of English at Western Washington University and associate faculty with the Rainier Writing Workshop.