United Kingdom graduate of Santa Barbara Chanel Miller, known until now only as Emily Doe, following her court statement to Brock Turner – a former Stanford swimmer convicted in 2016 of sexual assault – has gone viral reveals its identity for the first time today.
Miller's announcement came via the news of her forthcoming book, Know My Name, due out on September 24th. public eye in 2016, The New York Times reports .
Andrea Schultz, editor-in-chief of the publisher of the Viking book, told the Times that Miller "had the brain and voice of a writer from the beginning, even in this situation," referring to the victim's impact statement, which Miller read in Turner's judgment.
But for those who knew Miller & # 39; 14 at UCSB, her captivating literary voice was no surprise.
" I have a vivid memory of lying in my bed in Berlin, in the dark, reading [the court statement] on my phone and [bawling] my eyes out," Demi Anter, a roommate of the year. Miller's sophomore and former editor of Daily Nexus Artsweek, said in an email.
"I didn't know then that it was Chanel, but now it makes complete sense to me. There is something gentle about the way she writes that she is completely, uniquely Chanel. ”
Miller received a bachelor's degree in literature from UCSB College of Creative Studies (CCS), one of three colleges at the university. CCS is the smallest college and emphasizes more creativity in its studies, according to its website .
Interter and Miller first met in the first week of their freshman year and were both CCS literary majors and Kip Fulbeck, CCS professor mentors, says Inter.
While Interter said she always loved Miller's prose and writing scripts, "what I know best is her work outside of CCS, in Kip Fulbeck's speaking lessons and personal stories. She brought her unique sense of humor, quirks and vulnerability to everything she did, but I think Kip's classes opened up a lot of things in her work – as did many other students. "
At UCSB, Anther said that Miller" had one foot in art and one foot in writing, "creating pieces of spoken word in addition to visual art.
Until Anther knew earlier that Miller was Emily Doe, she said "totally, it makes sense to me now, as this was her writing. No one else could write this work. "
" When I read the letter, I had not thought of it as the 'writing' that anyone was working on. But it is. The incident is tragic, whether the letter exists or not, but we know about it – millions of people were made to feel something about it – because an incredibly talented artist used his voice and craft to write it, "continued Anter.
Ellen O'Connell Witt, a lecturer in the writing department who teaches Miller in the CCS Writing and Literature program, spoke to Inter.
" Writing her as a understatement was one of the best I've ever seen, distinctive, full of pathos and humor and insight," O'Connell Whittett says in an email.
"Reading the victim impact statement now, and knowing that Chanel wrote it, I see so much of what I enjoyed about her writing when she was a student," added O'Connell Whitt.
"It is so painful to know what Chanel survived, but it also shows her courage and strength that she was able to retrieve her own story in this way, shape it and release it back into the world."
O Connolly Witt described a memoir Miller wrote about one of her pursuits, a visit to China with her younger sister, and how she "is always filled with connections and observations that are so clever and distinct Chanel . "
Both Inter and Connel Whitt were heartbroken by the circumstances that led to Miller's memoir, but stated that there was no one more appropriate to tell the story.
"She took on the important task of doing something with this pain – and through these efforts gave an immeasurable gift to countless people," says Inter.
Nexus contacted Sterling Lord Literistic, the Miller agency, for comment, but did not hear back immediately.
Miller herself spoke only for 60 minutes about her story and the publication of her book in an interview, due out later this month.
"Its history illuminates a culture prone to the protection of perpetrators, points to a criminal justice system designed to fail the most vulnerable, and ultimately shines with the courage required to go through suffering and live a full and beautiful life," Penguin Random House writes about the book on its website .
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