I have had the privilege of working with Winter Miller for the last couple of years on Birmingham Blues. Our work together began through courses at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis and continued after they had ended. Winter, a New York based playwright and teacher, helped me so much in the development of my play and last November arranged a table reading in New York City with some of New York’s finest actors. She has been a wise, smart, generous, kind and funny guide through this process. Winter is an accomplished playwright, having had an amazing staged reading of her most recent play, Spare Rib, a play about abortion, in New York City, which I was fortunate to attend. Her other acclaimed plays include Darfur, which premiered at The Public Theater, and which has had numerous benefit readings throughout the country. Winter also has had numerous plays published and is a founding member of the Obie-award winning 13Playwrights. I have been so lucky to have her mentor me through this work.