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Scriptless: A Memoir

“This spirited memoir chronicles a young woman’s hearty appetite for adventureScriptless is a memorable tapestry, uniquely personal and vividly political…a tapestry woven by a lively writer.”

Laura Kalpakian
author of The Great Pretenders

“Great writing, a grand story.”

Jes Hart Stone
author of
Turbulent Waters

“McMillan leads her readers on a journey from convention to personal power and choice. Her open-hearted curiosity about the world and the people in it will open up possibilities for the readers of Scriptless. This book is a beautiful and much needed coming of age story for anyone who wants to embrace their own unique life purpose.”

Cami Ostman
author of
Second Wind: One Woman’s Quest to Run Seven Marathons on Seven Continents

“ENJOYED, ENJOYED. A well-written, inspiringly informative, jarringly, evocative chronicle…McMillan weaves together a tapestry that links us together as the necessity of ONENESS becomes more apparent…I was unable to put the book down.”

Gwyn Gorg, author of I Am Bigger than Nigger


Scriptless is a compelling read for anyone interested in the transformative power of the 1960s counterculture and one individual’s journey toward a deeper understanding of the world, and I would not hesitate to recommend it.

~Readers’ Favorite

For readers of travel tomes, this is a must. As a memoir, it is personal and makes the reader feel as if he knows the author intimately and her friends, family, and co-workers as distinctive people who are all a part of the tapestry of the human existence.

~Author’s Reading

Fans of memoirs like Just Kids by Patti Smith and The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls may find resonance in McMillan’s transformative storytelling.

~The Book Commentary


white water red walls

White Water, Red Walls

“Carol McMillan’s Grand Canyon poems take us on a journey of gentle reflection and precipitous adventure, filling each moment with wonder.”

Jim Milstead, the Bard of Bellingham

“Carol McMillan may … invite levity into the lives of friends and acquaintances, but it is the grit of her words; deep, warm, hard, strong, riveting words; that will take you inward. Hold her book in your palms and breathe the Grand Canyon as experienced by a poet adventuress. If you don’t have the courage (like me) to take such a journey, know that McMillan has done it for you. Her book is full of the raw experience of raging white water, towering red walls and rarely seen sunsets. McMillan includes her photographs and paintings. I am in awe of the writer as well as the scenery.”

CJ Prince, author of Mother, May I?”

Carol A. McMillan

Original Publication Date: 2015


this uncommon solitude

This Uncommon Solitide

This Uncommon Solitude captures the myriad and diverse experiences of Red Wheelbarrow Writers during these times of quarantine and the COVID-19 pandemic. We reach out to connect but we can’t physically touch each other. We are shaken by news of widespread suffering and death caused by a novel virus that inexorably spirals out of control. We feel powerless and isolated. Ongoing catastrophes of racism and environmental decline trouble our hearts. For many of us, poetry has helped to connect us, one to another, as we share experiences and insights, express our grief and sadness, fears and pain, gratitude and hope. In joining together, we feel our way forward as best we can toward making sense of our transformed world.

so much depends upon

So Much Depends Upon…

Behold the egg! Smooth, rounded, perfectly formed, fragile, its glowing center suspended in a malleable, translucent penumbra. The same might be said of these thirty-five memoirs in which the past–formed at the fragile nexus, the malleable boundary of memory and imagination–is suspended in prose, contained in an essay. You have but to crack open this book.

Red Wheelbarrow Writers are a loose affiliation of lively artists based in Bellingham, Washington. As a community, we host a monthly Happy Hour and a monthly Writerly Book Club. We are co-founders of Washington Memoir Month. We offer classes, contests, novel writing events, bookstore readings, poetry projects, and parties. Red Wheelbarrow Writers are individually productive, and as a group, we support, encourage, and learn from one another.

memory into memoir

Memory into Memoir: An Anthology

Red Wheelbarrow Writers are a loose affiliation of lively artists based in Bellingham, Washington.  As a community, we host a monthly Happy Hour and a monthly Writerly Book Club.  We are co-founders of Washington memoir Month.  We offer classes, contests, novel writing events, bookstore readings, poetry projects, and parties.  Red Wheelbarrow Writers are individually productive, and as a group, we support, encourage and learn from one another.  Memory into Memoir is our first anthology.

noisy water

Memory into Memoir: An Anthology

Noisy Water is an anthology of work by 101 poets whose creativity animates the community of Whatcom County, Washington and beyond.

Scientific Articles

long tailed macaque
The Cayo Santiago macaques : history, behavior, and biology
Chapter Nine
Lineage-Specific Mating: Does it Exist?

Carol A. McMillan

Original Publication Date: 1986

Baby monkey holding the mother monkey

Interlineage genetic differentiation among rhesus macaques on Cayo Santiago

An analysis was done of the patterning of genetic distances between female lineages of rhesus macaques…

Carol McMillan, Christine Duggleby

First published: November 1981

Macaque monkey

Male age, dominance, and mating success among rhesus macaques

Some previous primate studies have found a positive correlation between male dominance and mating success when data from subadult males were included in the analyses…

Carol A. McMillan

First published: September 1988


  • 2020 McMillan, Carol A. Inside the Writer’s Studio. Interviewed by Hawaii Writers’ Guild. Sept 15, episode 11.
  • 2020 McMillan, Carol A. The Least of the Least; Prevention Lapse; The Essence; Getting By; and The Slime of Slugs. In Red Wheelbarrow Writers, eds. This Uncommon Solitude: An Anthology of Pandemic Poetry. Penchant Press, Int. in press.
  • 2020 McMillan, Carol A. Aloha, E Como Mai. In Hawai’i Writers’ Guild, eds., Latitudes,
  • 2018 McMillan, Carol A. Not Native. In Red Wheelbarrows Writers, eds., So Much Depends Upon. . .: An Anthology. Penchant Press, Int. 169-176.
  • 2017 McMillan, Carol A. Fleeing to Standing Rock, Riding on Magic. In, L. Allen and J. Kleinberg, eds. SpeakEasy 19: Poems of Darkness, Poems of Light. Other Mind Press. 52-55.
  • 2016 McMillan, Carol A. Our First Fire. In Cami Ostman, ed., Memory into Memoir: An Anthology. Penchant Press, Int. 138-147.
  • 2015 McMillan, Carol A. I Know Him in Spirals. In L. Allen and J.I. Kleinberg, eds. Noisy Water: Poetry from Whatcom County, Washington. Other Mind Press. p. 87.
  • 2015 McMillan, Carol A. Medicine Dance. In Poetry Walk: Sue C. Boynton Contest. Poetry Walk Press. P. 108.
  • 2015 McMillan, Carol A. Secret Peace. In B. Perry, A. Shattuck McBride, B. Scott, and C. Shafer, eds. Peace Poems. 40.
  • 2014 McMillan, Carol A. White Water, Red Walls: Rafting the Grand Canyon. Ingram Press
  • 1994 McMillan, Carol A., Stroking the Amygdala; Working with the Brain in Assessment.  Self-published
  • 1989 McMillan, Carol A.  Male Age, Dominance, and Mating Success Among Rhesus Macaques.  Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. 80:83-89.
  • 1986 McMillan, C.A.  Lineage-Specific Mating: Does It Exist?  In R. Rawlins and M. Kessler, eds.  The Cayo Santiago Macaques.  SUNY Press, Albany, N.Y.
  • 1984 McMillan, C. A.  Video-taping Free-Ranging Rhesus Monkeys. SAVICOM Newsletter 11:5-7.
  • 1982 McMillan, C.A.  Factors Affecting Mating Success Among Rhesus Macaque Males on Cayo Santiago.  Ph.D. Dissertation.  State University of New York at Buffalo.  University International Microfilms #DA8303226
  • 1981 McMillan, C.A. and Duggleby, C.R.  Interlineage Genetic Differentiation Among Rhesus Macaques on Cayo Santiago.  Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. 56:305-312


  • Sue C. Boynton Poetry Award, 2013
  • Colville Tribes’ Language Preservation Program Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding achievement, dedication and service to the preservation of cultures and languages, 2003
  • Washington State University Certificate of Appreciation and Recognition for commitment to Native Languages and Cultures, 2001
  • Willard B. Elliott Award, Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, 1982
  • Juan Comas Prize for student paper, American Association of Physical Anthropologists, 1982
  • Who’s Who Graduate Student Award, 1979
  • Washburn Prize for student paper, American Association of Physical Anthropologists, 1979
  • Received National Teachers’ Fellowship, 1969
  • New York State Regents’ Scholarship, 1962
  • National Merit Scholarship letter of commendation, 1962

Professional Associations

  • Hawai’i Writers’ Guild, President 2021
  • Red Wheelbarrow Writers’ Group
  • Valley Arts Group, Bellingham, WA
  • Winthrop Gallery, Winthrop, WA
  • Whatcom Art Guild, Bellingham, WA
  • American Anthropological Association
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science.
  • Animal Behavior Society
  • Sigma Xi Society
  • Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness