Meet a Member: Miriam Wagoner

Several people attended their first NFPW conference this fall in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. New Alaska member Miriam Wagoner attended her first conference and was honored as a contest winner in the national communications contest. She is an enthusiastic member who seemed to enjoy every minute of the conference. She made the conference even more fun. It is wonderful to have fun new members join our organization. I hope you enjoy getting to know her even better.

Name: Miriam Wagoner

City and State:  Juneau, Alaska

Miriam Wagoner

Miriam Wagoner

Affiliate and any leadership positions: Alaska (Alaska Professional Communicators), new member this year

Years a member of NFPW: Just this year

Tell us a little about you.

I’ve been living in Alaska’s capital city, Juneau since 2000. In the Philippines where I was born, what would wake me up in the morning were the rays of the sun penetrating the walls made of coconut leaves. Here in Alaska during winter, it’s the glitter of icicles hanging in the trees outside my window that wakes me up.

I’ve always been fascinated with words. Having English as my second language did not stop me from writing and publishing my poems.  The detachment from the world while living in a transitional housing for domestic violence survivors didn’t hinder me from achieving my goals. It turned, for me, as an opportunity to be more creative. It inspired me to title my self-published book this, “A Poem Book From My Kaasei Nook To The World,” a 2018 NFPW award winner.

Any career advice you would give? 

Even if you leave your dream, it will never leave you.

Always believe in yourself even if it feels you’re the only one that does that. That’s all it requires. And, never ever give up! You can turn your adversities to opportunities.

Which talent would you most like to have?

Fly to the moon.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

Every state of our country and be able to conclude on the differences (climate, culture, people, economies, politics)

Miriam Wagoner in her "Kodak moment" pose.

Miriam Wagoner in her “Kodak moment” pose.

What book are you reading?

I was unpacking today old books from storage I rented 3 years ago. It was hard to finish the task as I ended up reading.

Among the books i currently read: How Immigrants Contributed To Our Culture, Dignity, World’s Best Speeches. It was fun reading the book today featuring children’s letters to God. I slowly and curiously read the 3 volumes of cyclopedia from 1874-77.

As I continue to write my memoir, I have more books to read for reference purposes.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

That one of my biggest accomplishments this year is as mother of one of 15 students chosen to represent the United States in Japan through her martial arts. My daughter serves as ambassador to Japan through project  Kakeehashi, which means “bridge.”

Why is your affiliate and NFPW important to you?

It gives me an opportunity to:

-grow more professionally as artist, writer, and press woman,

-expand my network through conferences and other events offered

-share my work and receive feedback through contests (and the chance to be awarded in state and/or national level, beneficial also for branding as author and publisher),

-promote and market my book

-see other places in U.S.

-be friends with the awesome women and men of NFPW

Way to follow you on a website, twitter, Facebook, etc.

Facebook: @MiriamWagonerAuthor


Website: miriamwagonerauthor. com (to be updated

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