Gay M. Grant
Gay Grant is founder and principal of The Write Way, author of two books and co-author of a movie screenplay. An experienced writer, editor, public speaker and local historian, her experience includes newspaper writing and copy editing, non-profit development, meeting and project facilitation and grant management. She is also a regionally well-known vocalist who fronted a blues and soul band (The Soul Sensations) and a jazz quartet (Generations).
From 2012-2018, Grant served in the Maine House of Representatives, using her writing, public speaking, negotiation, and interpersonal skills to advocate for her constituents. Serving in a sharply divided government, she developed a reputation for being a respectful listener, asking penetrating questions, and gathering sound information on which to base public policy. She served on these committees: Appropriations and Financial Affairs, Taxation, Environment and Natural Resources, Transportation, and the Joint Select Committee on Maine’s Workforce and Economic Future.
She is married to Ron Grant and lives in South Gardiner, in a home on the Kennebec River that has been in her family since her childhood. They have two grown children and a grandson.
Dorcas S. Miller
Dorcas S. Miller has been communicating professionally since 1976, when her first book was published. Since 2008 she has been a collaborator with Write Way’s Gay Grant. She has written eleven books, published by companies including McGraw-Hill and W. W. Norton. She served as publications and media director for a state-wide advocacy organization; the voice for an environmental commentary on a state-wide radio station; an acquisitions editor for the imprint Ragged Mountain Press; a book packager for Backpacker magazine; and principal author for a series of guides to the Maine coast. She brought Maine’s Becoming an Outdoorswoman back to life and was the motivating force behind the establishment of Maine Master Naturalist Program, for which she developed curricula and class materials, and taught many of the units. She assisted with the birth of Upstream, a non-profit devoted to returning anadromous fish to Cobbossee Stream in Gardiner. She is married to Ben Townsend and lives near the Kennebec River in Chelsea.
Unity College granted Miller an honorary doctorate in Outdoor Education; she has received the Maine Wilderness Guides Association’s Conservationist of the Year award and the Maine Environmental Education Association’s first ever Lifetime Achievement award. She is one of twelve individuals featured in a recent environmental documentary.