The Margaret McBride Lehrman Fellowship derives from an endowment created to provide support for graduate students who are pursuing studies that emphasize communication, especially writing skills. For the upcoming 2013-14 academic year the fellowship was awarded to Zanne Miller, who is beginning her second year in the UO's master's program in Couples and Family Therapy (CFT).
Zanne, who had written for several local and regional newspapers in the Philadelphia area, came to the University of Oregon in 1995 to pursue a master’s in literary nonfiction. “I was living in Philadelphia, which I loved, but I wanted to stretch myself and expand my horizons,” explained Zanne. “I had been to the Northwest on a road trip and fell in love with the mountains and the trees – so I found the best journalism school in the Northwest and applied. I got my master's in literary nonfiction in 1997 and never left.”
Since that time Zannehas written for Culinate, Oregon Quarterly, Etude: New Voices in Literary Nonfiction as well as working at the University on and off. Zanne has also taught writing to elementary school children, college students, and senior citizens – although not all at once – and has worked as a communications director, magazine editor, and as a communications consultant for several Eugene-area organizations.
As a CFT student, she created an externship at the PeaceHealth Riverbend Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and will begin this summer. A subject dear to her heart, she’s looking forward to helping mothers, couples, and families during what is a difficult and challenging time and to contributing something that will not only benefit NICU patients, their families, and hospital staff but future students in the CFT program as well.
Although CFT is a career shift for Zanne, her focus on narrative and solution-focused therapies complements her prior work. “There's so much synchronicity between this and my previous career,” Zanne said. “The Lehrman fellowship will give me the time and space I need to focus on improving as a narrative therapist, to learn more about medical family therapy while creating a family therapy externship in the Riverbend NICU, and ultimately it will also allow for time to explore how I can help others bring their stories into the world as a writer and editor.”
Congratulations to Zanne on the Margaret McBride Lehrman Fellowship!