Listee Features — Writing

SUSAN HEILMANN MILLER

Interested in newspaper journalism since high school, Susan Miller began by working for her community papers. Ultimately, she spent more than 40 years in the field. During this time, Dr. Miller made an international name for herself as being the first person to discover and document the gap in women’s readership of U.S. newspapers. The papers were losing female readers more rapidly than men, and this trend was discovered in many other countries as well. She became an international authority on increasing women’s readership, speaking widely and contributing numerous articles to professional journals. Dr. Miller earned a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University in 1966, a Master of Science from Columbia University in 1969, and a PhD from Stanford University

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CAROLYN E. WEDIN

In the eyes of Carolyn Wedin, literature is a way to enter and learn about experiences different from what’s familiar. It helps build perspective and generates more understanding people. She decided to focus on African Americana literature after teaching at Shaw University during the Civil Rights Movement. A cross was burned at the school in protest, and Dr. Wedin knew something had to be done. There wasn’t any black literature in the curriculum, so she added it and started teaching it herself. Dr. Wedin eventually brought her expertise to the University of Wisconsin, where she stayed for the remainder of her career. She accepted the distinguished title of professor emeritus in 1996. To further spread her knowledge, Dr. Wedin decided

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Virginia Ramey Mollenkott

The first class Virginia Ramey Mollenkott took in college was literature, and she just knew she had to pursue it further. She proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Arts from Bob Jones University and a Master of Arts from Temple University, which propelled her to a position as the chair of the English Department at Shelton College. Dr. Mollenkott specialized in 17th century English literature because, although it was a very classist system, it produced wonderful poetry. She also researched the relationship between sexuality and spirituality. To enhance her professional standing, Dr. Mollenkott obtained a PhD from New York University. This helped her advance to roles like chair of the English Department at Nyack College, professor of English at William

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DEBORAH S. RIESELMAN

Steadfast in her mission of uncovering and distributing knowledge, Deborah S. Rieselman is passionate about telling stories in a way that makes people want to read them. She developed an interest in writing and journalism in high school, and went to college during the Watergate scandal. The impact of that story was very inspirational to her; she wanted to affect lives in a similar matter. Ms. Rieselman’s first step toward achieving her goals was becoming the managing editor of Record Newspapers in 1979. She stayed there until 1984, at which point she advanced to the positions of assistant director, digital executive editor, and editor of UC Magazine. Today, Ms. Rieselman parlays this experience into her roles as the owner of

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JANICE LYNN BENNETT

Motivated by creativity and a deep appreciation for aesthetics, Janice Lynn Bennett has dedicated her life to making beautiful things. She had always loved drawing, so she decided to channel her talent into a career as a graphic artist. She proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design (with a minor in Journalism) from Northern Illinois University in 1973 and started as a graphic artist at Montgomery Ward in Illinois later that year. Ms. Bennett advanced rapidly; after giving birth to her son Scott in 1974, she became the assistant production manager and art director of Crow Publications in 1977, and the owner, graphic artist, typographer of several Colorado-based companies between 1980 and 1989. Around this time, however,

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T. KAY KISER

Education has always been a big part of T. Kay Kiser’s life. She comes from a family of teachers and scholars, and learned the importance of continuously pursuing knowledge at a young age. Her dream in high school was to use her resources to become a medical missionary to Africa, but life got in the way. Still interested in the sciences, however, Ms. Kiser decided to make the best of her situation and become an independent scholar. She was very good at analysis, particularly instrument analysis, and took pleasure in digging deep and discovering the truth about things. Over the years, Ms. Kiser garnered hands-on experience in positions like microbiologist for the South Carolina State Board of Health, teacher at

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CLARA MCLAUGHLIN

Determined to make a difference, Clara McLaughlin has made it her mission to give a voice to the voiceless. She started her communications journey in high school, where she created the first student newsletter and developed an interest in writing and media. After spending a few years in the Navy, Ms. McLaughlin joined the Howard University community as both an employee and a student. Her positions in the dean’s office and the public relations office paved the way for her success at the school. Notably, she was instrumental in initiating the journalism major and the National Black Communications Society at Howard University, and was recognized for outstanding work as the co-editor and editor-in-chief of the Bison Yearbook. Under Ms. McLaughlin’s

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MARGARET MUNNERLYN

Driven by her hunger for knowledge, Margaret Munnerlyn has always loved reading. She has a very analytical mind, and treasures the constant opportunity for discovery that books offer. That’s why writing seemed a natural profession for her; it would allow her to contribute to the world she grew up studying in a lasting and impactful way. Ms. Munnerlyn pursued her interests at The Lafayette Academy, where she earned a certificate in 1973, and at the Albert Merrill School, where she earned a certificate in 1977. She then jumped right into the field, focusing her work on the inspiration she gains from her surroundings. Over the years, Ms. Munnerlyn also worked as a director, translator, and researcher for a play about

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CONNIE GOODMAN-MILONE

With a background in social work, psychology, and health care, Connie Goodman-Milone has become a valued member of the medical writing community. She started as a freelance writer in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1987, and moved to New York City in 1989. She now lends her knowledge to freelance pieces in Miami, Fla., and to “The Bereavement Poetry Project,” which she has co-authored since 2016. Some of her other recent publications include “Healthy Stories,” “Vitas Vital Signs,” “The Grief Observer,” and “Today’s Caregiver.” She was a contributing writer for the Miami Herald from 2002 to 2017, and in 2017, she served as the director of community relations for the South Florida Writers Association. ​ Ms. Goodman-Milone prepared for her endeavors by

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PAMELA ANN DE VOE

Hoping to help people learn more about history and the world around them, Pamela Ann De Voe has dedicated herself to writing books. She loves being able to use her background in anthropology and Asian studies in her creative endeavors, like her young adult “Ming Dynasty Trilogy” and “Mei-hua Adventure Trilogy.” Most recently, in 2018, Dr. De Voe released “Deadly Relations: A Ming Dynasty,” a murder mystery set in ancient China. She believes historical fiction presents the unique opportunity to allow others to see the past through storytelling in a fun and inventive way. ​ Dr. De Voe ensures she keeps up with developments in her field by affiliating with a variety of organizations and institutions. She holds a spot

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