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Cordelia Miller, MA ’20: Reaching People with Her Words

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Cordelia Miller, MA ’20. Contributed photo

Emerson Today is profiling recent graduates to hear about their time at the College and their plans for the future.

Hometown: Sudbury, Massachusetts, but I’ve lived in Somerville (Mass.) for the past four years.

Q: Tell me about your time at Emerson. 

Miller: I graduated with a master’s degree from the Writing, Literature, and Publishing (WLP) Department, focusing on writing, editing, and publishing online content. During the first year of the program, I continued in a prior marketing role at Fidelity Investments; for the second, I worked as editorial assistant intern in the editorial department at Bain & Company, helping to produce Bain’s online business publications.

At Emerson, I immediately dived into working with the Redivider team as a copy editor, and I ended up serving as copy chief for the journal’s three most recent issues. I absolutely loved producing Redivider with my fellow WLP students, and I’ll miss that collaborative, creative atmosphere.

Q: What was your favorite class and why?

Miller: It’s hard to pick one, but a highlight was a Nonfiction Writing workshop with Jabari Asim, which helped me push the boundaries of what I thought I could do. I loved the community I found with other writers in the classroom. 

Q: What is your favorite memory from your time at Emerson?

Miller: I’ll miss Thursday night dinners with my WLP friends!

Q: What song or movie best encapsulates or most reminds you of your grad school years?

Miller: “Fallingwater”by Maggie Rogers — her album was my most frequent study music, and I listened to “Fallingwater” on my way home after night classes more times than I can count. 

Q: What are you most proud of?

Miller: In connection with Susanne Althoff’s class this spring, I recently had a feature article published in the Boston Globe Magazine about an upcoming book of poetry. I’m most proud of the work I put into that story, and the thrill of seeing my name in print for the first time.

Q: What are you doing (or hoping to do) next?

Miller: I’m looking to work in higher ed communications in the Boston area and keep using my voice to make an impact. I’ll also continue writing about art, culture, and the world around me, and hope to reach more people with my words. 

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