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Alton Miller came to Chicago as a ballet manager. Formerly associate producing director of Arena Stage in his native Washington, D.C., and managing director of the Washington Ballet, he was named general director of Maria Tallchief's Chicago City Ballet in 1983. In 1984 he was appointed press secretary to Mayor Harold Washington, a position he held until the mayor's death in 1987. As a communications consultant he worked with then Senate candidate Carol Moseley-Braun, Philadelphia Mayor Wilson Goode, Chicago City Treasurer Miriam Santos, the Illinois Arts Alliance, the Chicago Board of Education, and for United Auto Workers in its contract dispute with Caterpillar, Inc., in Decatur and Peoria, Illinois. In 2005 he was named associate dean of the School of Media Arts at Columbia College Chicago, where he is also a tenured associate professor of writing and political communications. The author of three nonfiction works, including a memoir, Harold Washington: The Mayor, The Man, he received his M.F.A. in Writing from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. His thesis was a (still unpublished) political novel, Chicago Power & Light.