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Carolyn Miller is a freelance writer, editor, and designer with more than thirty years of experience in the world of publishing. Her publications include cookbooks, poetry books, and craft books, as well as poems, essays, and short stories in literary journals.


As an editor, she believes that her job is to help writers make their work the best it can be, by helping to develop and shape both content and style. She works with publishing companies as well as private clients on subjects ranging from memoir, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry to cookbooks, travel, craft books, children’s books, essays, blogs, and websites.


Miller is also a designer of poetry books, chapbooks, broadsides, and children’s books.


Books Written

Route 66 and Its Sorrows: poetry (Terrapin Press, 2017)

Tequila: Myth, Magic, and Spirited Recipes: text (Chronicle Books, 2009)

Light, Moving: poetry (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2009)

Vintage Collage Journals: text (Quarry Books, 2009)

Essentials of Mediterranean Cooking: text (Williams-Sonoma, 2008)

Vintage Collage-Works: text  (Rockport Publishers, 2007)

Savoring San Francisco: Recipes from the City’s Neighborhood Restaurants: text

     (2nd ed., Silverback Books, 2005; 1st ed., Sasquatch Books, 2000)

Williams-Sonoma Seafood: text and recipes (Simon & Schuster, 2005)

Birthday Cake Book: text (Chronicle Books, 2004)

Williams-Sonoma Christmas: text and recipes (Simon & Schuster, 2003)                                   

Salt and Pepper: text (Chronicle Books, 2003)

After Cocteau: poetry (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2002)

Williams-Sonoma Kitchen Companion: coauthor (Time-Life Books, 2000)

Chocolate: A Sweet Indulgence: text (Chronicle Books, 1997)

Espresso: Culture and Cuisine: text (Chronicle Books, 1994)

The Christmas Table: text and recipes (Harper Collins, 1994)


Books Designed           

Jindy’s Red Flag: children’s book (Mossy Press, 2017)

Great Blue: poetry (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2016)

Because: poetry (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2016)

I Know (Je sais): bilingual edition (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2013)

Space/Gap/Interval/Distance: poetry (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2012)

Light, Moving (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2009)

After Cocteau (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2002)


Selected Books Edited                       

Jindy’s Red Flag: children’s book (Mossy Press, 2017)

Great Blue: poetry (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2016)

Because: poetry (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2016

Soup of the Day (Williams-Sonoma, 2016)

Salad of the Day (Williams-Sonoma, 2016)

Flavors of the Southern Coast (Chronicle Books, 2016)

Olga’s Promise: One Woman’s Commitment to the Children of Nepal

     (Nepal Youth Foundation, 2015)

The Orbit of Known Objects: poetry (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2015)

Poetry Crossing: Fifty+ Lessons for Fifty Years (California Poets in the Schools, 2015)

Water Paper Stone: memoir (Mossy Press, 2014)

Flavors of Aloha (Chronicle Books, 2014)

I Know (Je sais): bilingual edition (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2013)

Marin’s Mountain Play: 100 Years of Theatre on Mount Tamalpais

     (Mountain Play Association, 2013)

Nordstrom Family Table Cookbook (Chronicle Books, 2013)

The Letters of My Grandfather, Moses Perry Johnson: family history

     (Point Reyes Cypress Press, 2012)

Rustic Italian Food (Ten Speed Press, 2011)

Bottega (Ten Speed Press, 2010)

Top Chef: The Quickfire Cookbook (Chronicle Books, 2009)

River Cottage Every Day (Ten Speed Press, 2009)

Colorado Scenic Byways: Taking the Other Road: travel (Portfolio Press, 2008)

The River Cottage Cookbook (Ten Speed Press, 2008)


Consultation/Writing Workshops/Teaching

Private consultation and book coaching for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction; leader of writing workshops in the Bay Area and at Mas de Garrigue (La Garrigue, France), Château Montalègre (Versols et Lapèyre, France), Latitude Cultural Center (La Toulzanie, France), La Serranía Retreat Center (Mallorca, Spain), and Esalen Institute (Big Sur, California); creative writing, City College of San Francisco; writing lab tutor for graduate students, Academy of Art, San Francisco, California; teacher of world literature and freshman and advanced composition, Avila College, Kansas City, Missouri



Master of Arts in English Literature, University of Colorado

Bachelor of Arts with Honors in English Literature, University of Missouri

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