In recent media appearances, Miles has said that
country's power grid is "decades and decades overdue" for updating, that
our seismic codes don't go far enough and that fracking operations are
worsening the threat of quakes in states like Oklahoma. Quake warning
systems are being funded across the world, but not in the United States.
As Time magazine's book review observes, “That fear you feel? It’s intended ... Quakeland seeks to rattle us free of the ignorance, uncertainty and short memory that have paralyzed plans for prevention and survival."
Miles, who earned her doctorate in English at UD in 2001, is the author of four books: Adventures with Ari, All Standing, Superstorm, and Quakeland: On the Road to America's Next Devastating Earthquake. Her essays and articles have appeared in publications including Best
American Essays, The Boston Globe, Down East, Ecotone, History, The New
York Times, Outside, Pacific Standard, Popular Mechanics, and Time. She is serving as writer-in-residence at Green Mountain College and as a scholar-in-residence for the Maine Humanities Council. She lives in Portland, Maine.