Lorrie Miller writes, mothers and works in Vancouver, BC. She was born and raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan for her first twenty years before taking a brief stint in a remote region of northern Manitoba. She now lives in Vancouver, BC a stone’s throw from the forest, a modest hike to the beach and a short bike ride to her office at UBC. Perfect!
I grew up on the Canadian prairies, a proud flat-lander by heritage, though only a few generations. Now the ocean edge and forests of British Columbia now claim me. My short stories are of the people and of our land, whether is is the winter of 1974, Moose Jaw SK, or spring 1983 Winnipeg MB, or 1939 Pioneer, BC. Sometimes and places I know from my own experience, while others require archival research, interviews and travel. This is the work that pushes me to see what I have never known and can only imagine.
Writing is a work of passion. I do it, simply because I love to, but that is not to say that I love everything I write. My fiction also varies in topic and scope. The short story format appeals to me, and so I am compelled to write them, some very short, some very long. I also write articles that cover various topics, from motherhood, sports, the environment, to satire and humour. I am currently working on a historic novel set in the 1930’s British Columbia. the first chapter of this novel is in Room Magazine, (Sept, 2010). Other links to some of my work are in the side-bar under stories and articles.
Since late 2010, I became Roomie (a member of the Growing Room collective who produce Room Magazine a literary journal, the oldest feminists literary journal in Canada.
She completed a Bachelor of Education as a visual art specialist from the University of Regina. She later completed an Master of Arts in Visual and Performing Arts in Education from the University of British Columbia. Her M.A. thesis dealt with the learning experiences of First Nation women artists from two communities. Learning to be Proud was the resulting thesis. Her Ph.D, also from UBC, was in Curriculum Studies. Her primary focus of research involved voice, empowerment, narrative, and women’s experiences and collaborative art practices in public and performance art. She examined the collaborative performance art project by Suzanne Lacy. Constructing Voices is the resulting dissertation.
The writing of Constructing Voices stirred her creative curiosity and ultimately lead her to dive into the writing of memoir and fiction. Some of her work can be found directly on, or linked to this site.
On the mothering front, she is married and has four children, all of whom provide her with an abundance of fodder for fiction and memoir.