MFA in Writing

Connie May Fowler / Faculty, CNF/Fiction Faculty; Novel Retreat

Connie May Fowler

Connie May Fowler is the author of eight books of fiction and nonfiction. Her latest, the memoir A Million Fragile Bones, will be published in April, 2017. 

Her novels include How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly, The Problem with Murmur Lee, Remembering Blue (recipient of the Chautauqua South Literary Award), Before Women had Wings (recipient of the 1996 Southern Book Critics Circle Award and the Francis Buck Award from the League of American Pen Women), River of Hidden Dreams (recipient of a Florida Individual Artist Grant), and Sugar Cage. She has published one previous memoir, When Katie Wakes.

Three of her novels have been Dublin International Literary Award nominees. She adapted Before Women had Wings for Oprah Winfrey. The result was an Emmy-winning film. Her essays have been published in The New York Times, London Times, International Herald Tribune, Japan Times, The Sun Magazine, Oxford American, Best Life, and elsewhere. Connie has written extensively about the environment, family violence, multi-cultural identity, poverty, women’s issues, and sumo wrestling. Much of her fiction contains elements of magical realism and offers historical, sociological, and environmental perspectives of the American South. For two years she wrote "Savoring Florida," a culinary and culture column for FORUM, a publication of the Florida Humanities Council. Her essays and stories have been widely anthologized in the United States and abroad. From 1997-2003 she directed the Connie May Fowler Women Wings Foundation, an organization that was dedicated to aiding women and children in need. From 2003-2007 she served as the Irving Bacheller Professor of Creative Writing at Rollins College and directed their award-winning visiting author series Winter With the Writers. She is the founder of Below Sea Level: Full Immersion Workshops for Serious Writers, The St. Augustine Writers Conference, The Yucatan Writing Conference, and directs the VCFA Novel Retreat. She lives with her husband and pet menagerie on Isla Cozumel off the Yucatan Coast.