Monica Miller, MPub, BA Hons.

Monica Miller, a white woman with dark blond hair tied in a bun, standing in front of a mural. She is wearing a black dress with red and orange abstract flowers.
Photo by Christine McAvoy. Background artwork by Alex Fowkes, Vancouver Mural Festival 2020.

I am a publishing professional with more than 10 years of experience in editorial, marketing, and production as well as formal education in publishing and communication. I am grateful to live, work, and play on unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada).

My formal education is in communications and publishing, and I completed my Master of Publishing in 2017. I have a wide range of skills including writing, editing, graphic design, print production, marketing and publicity. With every project I take on, these skills are increased and improved. I love learning by overcoming challenges and tackling new project goals.

In 2007, I graduated with distinction and a diploma of Publishing: Techniques & Technologies from the Publishing program at Langara College. During the program, I was the Managing Editor of Pacific Rim Magazine. While working for the West Coast Book Prize Society and The Word on the Street Vancouver, I completed a certificate in Editing from SFU’s Writing & Publishing Program (2010). In 2015, I graduated with honours from SFU with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Communication and minoring in Publishing, and then completed my Master of Publishing at Simon Fraser University in 2015–2017. During my time at SFU, I was a teaching assistant in the Publishing Department, wrote articles for The Peak, SFU’s student newspaper, and worked with SFU Lunch Poems to co-publish a poetry anthology with Anvil Press.

As part of the fulfillment of my MPub degree, I held a three-month marketing internship at UBC Press. Following the acquisition of Purich Publishing Ltd. by UBC Press, I coordinated the digital and physical assets received, organized metadata and files, and assessed the wider market potential for recent releases. Since completing MPub in 2017, I have worked in a few roles in the local book publishing industry including Raincoast Books in the Publicity department, and the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia on their Read Local BC initiative.

In addition to publishing, I am also passionate about community building, literary diversity, arts for social change, creative spacemaking, local history, and book arts.