Miriam Lisa Clavir grew up within walking distance of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and has worked as an objects conservator for museums, particularly at MOA, the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. As well, she has worked for the ROM and the National Historic Sites Service in Ottawa and Quebec City. She has taught museum conservation for several universities, both in English and en fran├žais. Author of many museum conservation articles, she has also published the scholarly book, Preserving What is Valued: Museums, Conservation and First Nations. As a conservator Miriam is now emerita and a Research Fellow at MOA and is currently working in her own practice in conservation education.

Miriam has also written mystery fiction. Her character-driven mystery series is set in museums and on archaeological excavations. The first novel, Insinuendo, Murder in the Museum, was published in October, 2012. A short story, Knowing Home, appeared in The Antigonish Review, Number 171, Fall 2012.

Miriam and her husband, the poet John Donlan, divide their time between Vancouver and rural Ontario.