Miriam Marston is a singer-songwriter and speaker based in Portland, OR. She started composing at the age of ten, and called one of her first songs "Nostalgia." To this day, she can't remember what her ten-year old self could have been so nostalgic about. Miriam released her first album Shades of an Eternal in 2000, while a freshman at the College of William and Mary. In the years that followed, she kept up the writing, as she moved from Virginia to England to Boston to Oregon, even if it meant writing something on a mostly-broken piano in the basement of a university she wasn't enrolled in. In 2010, she released her second album, The Luggage of an Optimist, a collection of songs born out of the in-between moments of traveling through airports and train stations.
She has performed in a wide variety of venues, ranging from singing original songs in coffee houses (with a few people) to performing the National Anthem in a stadium (with 20,000 people). In 2004, she received an honorary award in "The Great American Song Contest" for her song "When I'm Wiser." She's been a featured artist on a number of radio stations, including Archangel Radio, KBVM, Ave Maria Radio, and WQOM Boston.
In addition to the song-writing, Miriam published her first book What I Learned in Oxford, in January, 2015. Her second book, The Memory of Good was released in the fall of 2015. She is a contributing author to the 2019 OSV release, Road Signs for Catholic Teens.
She is also a sought-after speaker, and has given talks at retreats, parish missions, youth events, and even bars (google "Theology on Tap", if you're curious).
In her 9-5 life, Miriam serves as the Coordinator for the Institute for Catholic Life & Leadership for the Archdiocese of Portland.
When she's not writing music or essays, you'll most likely find her hanging out with friends and family, watching something on Netflix or enjoying a soccer match.