Millie Kerr grew up in San Antonio, Texas, alongside her parents, three older brothers and countless pets, most of whom she liked. After studying history at Wake Forest University, Millie moved to London where she worked in the windowless basement of a large international law firm. Unpredictable hours, arrogant bosses, and countless paper cuts caused Millie to pen her first “faux-story” about the link between cubicles and mental illness.
Despite her extreme dislike for private practice, Millie attended law school at the University of Texas and returned to another international law firm in London. It was there, within a windowless office not much larger than a cubicle, that Millie decided to chronicle her jaunts around England. Notebook and camera in hand, she explored her beloved city, recording her insights on An Expat’s Guide to London, a digital guide she created but no longer maintains.
Shortly after beginning her guide, Millie left private practice, unknowingly subjecting herself to stringent visa regulations that compelled her back to the United States. She decided to give law another shot, this time within the Federal Communications Commission, but not before satisfying a lifelong dream: working with wild animals in Africa. During a brief sabbatical, Millie worked at a wildlife conservancy in Namibia, learning that the only thing she loved more than writing was writing about wildlife. She was also nearly bitten to death by vervet monkeys, but that’s another story.
After a year at the FCC, Millie, now a full-fledged gypsy, relocated to NYC, a place she’d longed to explore since watching Seinfeld as a teen (side note: she’s sure Larry David’s her soulmate). She returned to Namibia once more to investigate additional conservation practices before settling into the West Village to write. Later, she spent a year writing for the Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo, which afforded her long walks through leafy green pastures that led to lots of whistling (the birds liked it, she swears). Millie spent breaks admiring the zoo’s many animals and fell madly in love with Amur tigers, red pandas, and ring-tailed lemurs. Oh, to be one!
Because she’s intent on making frequent changes and maintaining the longest bio possible, Millie left New York for some time back in Texas. Based in Austin, she continued writing about all sorts of subjects while pursuing wildlife documentary filmmaking. She sold an original segment on Mexican free-tailed bats (which she presented, produced, and wrote) to Earth Touch News and hopes to tell more audiovisual stories in the future, but Millie has moved again, this time to England.
Millie studied conservation at the University of Cambridge, where she wrote her dissertation on conservation storytelling. In October 2016, she graduated with a Masters of Philosophy in Conservation Leadership and is now based in London, where she’s setting up a boutique conservation comms & consulting firm.
As a writer, Millie fancies herself a generalist: Though she focuses on travel and wildlife conservation, she’s penned pieces ranging from a reported article on entrepreneurial classical musicians to satirical romantic essays. Her work has appeared in numerous print publications, among them Entrepreneur, Hemispheres, National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times, Outside, Popular Science, Scientific American, Town & Country, Travel + Leisure and The Wall Street Journal. She’s written for web editions of The Atlantic, Departures, The Economist, Garden & Gun, Glamour, GQ, HuffPo, Marie Claire, Pacific Standard, Texas Monthly, USA Today and Wired.
Millie also authored chapters in two published books: The Good News/Bad News Guide to New York City; and Letting Go: An Anthology of Attempts, which BuzzFeed called one of spring 2016’s best anthologies.
Although she doesn’t currently use her J.D., Millie credits it and her undergraduate degree in history for her ability to think analytically and write persuasively.