Miriam Katherine MacFarland (called Mimi from birth), was born in Trenton, New Jersey to parents of founding American families and was raised in South Jersey and Washington D.C. with a thoroughly San Antonio influence. From an early age, Mimi applied her writing and mathematical skills at the highest levels of the computer sciences, including a stint with NASA, while writing poetry and fiction and fulfilling the responsibilities of a single parent. In 1983, she combined those skills to become the Founder & CEO of Mimi MacFarland LLC, which has long been among the most trusted names in systems analysis and technical writing.
In addition to her published contributions to agencies of the United States federal government, to the United Nations, the World Bank, and several Fortune 500 companies, Mimi's Byline Publications include "MacroBaby: A Play in Three Scenes" which was produced as a radio play by NYU. More than thirty of her literary reviews have appeared in such magazines as CONTACT/II, The Bloomsbury Review, Another Chicago Magazine, and Renovated Lighthouse. Her two feature articles, "Sacred Sights and Water Rights: Native America and the Bureaucrats" and "Sacred Ground: Native American Land Rights" were published in High Times. More recently, her novel, Nebuchadnezzar, has seen publication as both an e-book and a Trade Paperback available from Barnes & Noble and other fine booksellers.
A lifelong learner, Mimi has studied Medieval Literature, in Middle English, with George Economou, translator of Piers Plowman at the Oxford University Humanities seminar, and playwriting with 5-time Obie-winner Rochelle Owens at the University of Oklahoma, where Owens compared Mimi's plays to Eric Fischle's paintings. Mimi has studied the art of the short story with the late Larry Heinemann, National Book Award winner for Paco's Story and Writer in Residence at Texas A&M, and essay writing with long-time PBS News Hour essayist and founder of the Southampton Writing Program, Roger Rosenblatt. Mimi earned her MFA as a Fellow in Writing at Long Island University-Southampton.
Professor Rosenblatt's good friend and colleague, the critic and essayist, Alan Weinblatt, with whom he famously collaborated to inaugurate a distance component to the Writing Program at Southampton, holds a PhD in English and American Language and Literature from Harvard University. Weinblatt asserts that much of Mimi's work falls into the tradition of writing about social justice that ranges from Gore Vidal to Robert Penn Warren to Rita Dove.
Mimi has taught at several universities, and has recently returned to Norman, home of the University of Oklahoma, where she once again resides near her daughters, Bridget and Chloe.