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Tekla Dennison Miller

Tekla Dennison Miller ( is a former prison warden who managed two prisons simultaneously (a men’s maximum and a multi-level women’s) outside Detroit, Michigan. Her published memoir, The Warden Wore Pink, Biddle Publishing is about her twenty-year career in corrections.  A second memoir released January 2003, A Bowl of Cherries, is about her childhood in Central New York and California.  A third nonfiction/biography Mother Rabbit was released by Oak Tree Press on June 23, 2014. Ms. Miller taught children in South Central L.A. after the 1965 riots, worked with mentally challenged enlisted men while employed with the US Special Services in Germany, was the first female probation officer in Oakland County, Michigan and the supervisor of the first prison camp for women in Michigan.  Ms. Miller is a social activist, writer and national speaker focusing on women’s issues and criminal justice reform.  She has had several nonfiction articles published in these areas.  Her first memoir is required reading in criminal justice and women’s studies courses at several colleges and universities.  She also has had articles about dogs in prison published in Good Dog and Dog Fancy Magazines.  Ms. Miller’s third book and first work of fiction Life Sentences, Medallion Press, was released in August 2005. Inevitable Sentences, the second in the Chad Wilbanks series was released in 2009 by Medallion Press. Ms. Miller has appeared on National Public Radio’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and has been featured in many radio, newspaper and journal interviews. Ms. Miller was a technical consultant for Granada Entertainment/TNT on a TV movie and series about a woman warden and for NBC’s news special about women prisoners.  As an adjunct professor, Ms. Miller has taught a course on Prisons and Prisoners.  In 2001 she was a contestant on the TV quiz show “To Tell the Truth.”  Ms. Miller was among the women in law enforcement and criminal justice honored by the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in 1997.  In 2001 The Criminal Justice Women of Michigan again honored Ms. Miller with the Josephine Davis Community Service Award.  In 2004 Ms. Miller received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Cazenovia College, New York.  In May 2007 she was the commencement speaker at Cazenovia College and received an honorary doctorate in humane letters degree. Ms. Miller is a member of the American Correctional Association’s Women in Corrections and Juvenile Justice, Association of Women Executives in Corrections, North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents, American Correctional Association, Association of American University Women, La Plata county Women’s Resource Center, League of Women Voters, Sisters in Crime (National and Los Angeles chapter), and Southwest Writers’ Association.  She is an advisory member for College Guild and My Sisters Inc.  Ms. Miller received her AA from Cazenovia College, her BA from the University of California at Los Angeles and her MA from Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan.


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Mother Rabbit is the true story of the Bunny Mother for Chicago's famous Playboy Club in the tumultous 1960s ...this could be the dream job of a lifetime or the toughest challege. Alyce Bonura is a single mother who takes a position as the Bun...
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Mother Rabbit
Big Bay Point Lighthouse, on Michigan's Lake Superior, has illuminated rocky shoals for more than a hundred years. Transformed into a safehouse, these days the stout old tower shelters women and children from emotional turbulence. Celeste Brookst...
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Inevitable Sentences
There are men who take women’s lives. There are men who kill their souls. . . . Celeste Brookstone has the ideal life. On the surface. When her daughter takes a job with the Michigan prison system, she fears for Pilar’s safety. But she&rs...
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Life Sentences
When Tekla was thirteen, her mother committed suicide four years after her father died. Tekla's twenty-three-year-old siter, Alyce, a working mother and abused spouse, becomes her guardian. This memoir presents their journey from a tragedy-filled...
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A Bowl of Cherries
"The Warden Wore Pink presents an often humorous, occasionally tragic, but always illuminating account of prison life and the struggles of an exceptionally gifted woman to forge new frontiers in a previously all-male domain." From the forew...
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The Warden Wore Pink

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