About Ann McKinstry Micou
Ann McKinstry Micou has a bachelor’s degree in English, Phi Beta Kappa, from Mills College in Oakland and a master’s degree from The New School in Manhattan. She taught high school English at Concord Academy in Concord, Massachusetts, the Sarah Dix Hamlin School in San Francisco, and the National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C.
She and her family lived in the Middle East for five years. In Ankara, Turkey, she edited The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics at Hacettepe University; in Tehran, Iran, she taught American literature at Pars College and wrote Handbook for Iran and You Already Know Persian, both published by the American Women’s Club.
At the Institute of International Education in New York, she directed the Southern African Information Exchange, producing dozens of directories on resources for anti-apartheid groups. She wrote Listening to the Stakeholders:The Impact of U.S. Private Funding in Southern Africa, published under a grant from the Aspen Institute, and U.S. Independent Sector Involvement in Southern Africa, published by the Southern Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group.
Her hobby is reading fiction by common theme, such as capital punishment, unplanned pregnancy, utopias, and island or campus settings. Micou has written three books focused on fiction set in Vermont. The first two, A Guide to Fiction Set in Vermont and A Guide to Fiction Set in Vermont for Children and Young Adults, were published by the Vermont Humanities Council. A third volume, Fiction Set in Vermont 3, was published in 2009.
Micou lived in South Newfane, Vermont for a number of years with her husband of fifty-four years, Paul Micou, a retired United Nations officer. They recently retired to New Jersey.
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