Connie May Fowler


Connie May Fowler is an award-winning novelist, memoirist, and screenwriter.  Her most recent novel, How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly, was published by Grand Central Publishing in 2010 to wide acclaim. "Connie May Fowler is a storyteller extraordinaire," writes The Barcelona Review in reference to her latest novel.  Connie is the author of six other books: five critically praised novels and one memoir.  Her novels include Sugar Cage, River of Hidden Dreams, The Problem with Murmur Lee, Remembering Blue—recipient of the Chautauqua South Literary Award—and 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. Three of her novels have been Dublin International Literary Award nominees. Connie adapted Before Women Had Wings for Oprah Winfrey. The result was an Emmy-winning film starring Ms. Winfrey and Ellen Barkin.  In 2002 she published When Katie Wakes, a memoir that explores her descent and escape from an abusive relationship.  Her work has been translated into 18 languages and is published worldwide. 

Connie's essays have been published in the New York Times, London Times, International Herald Tribune, Japan Times, Oxford American, Best Life, and elsewhere.  For two years she wrote "Savoring Florida," a culinary and culture column for FORUM, a publication of the Florida Humanities Council.  In 2007, Connie performed in New York City at The Player’s Club with actresses Kathleen Chalfont, Penny Fuller, and others in an adaptation based on The Other Woman, an anthology that contains her essay “The Uterine Blues.” 

In 2003, Connie performed in The Vagina Monologues alongside Jane Fonda and Rosie Perez in a production that raised over $100,000 for charity.  Domestic violence shelters and family violence organizations have honored her with numerous awards.  In 2009, she received the first annual Peace, Love, and Understanding Award from WMNF Community Radio.  She is currently working on her next project, a environmental memoir that explores the psychological and spiritual effects of the Gulf oil disaster on everyday life along the northern Gulf of Mexico coast. 

In addition to writing, Connie has held numerous jobs including bartender, food caterer, nurse, television producer, TV show host, antique peddler, and construction worker. From 1997-2003, she directed the Connie May Fowler Women Wings Foundation, an organization 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.  Connie travels the country, speaking on topics such as writing, self-employment in the arts, literacy, domestic violence, child abuse, environmental issues, and popular culture. 

She teaches writing workshops and seminars globally and offers private sessions in the novel, the short story, and creative non-fiction. She is director of The St. Augustine Writers Conference held the first week in October and also directs Vermont College of Fine Art's Novel Retreat.  She is a core faculty member of the Vermont College of Fine Arts low residency creative writing MFA program and fomerly served on the faculty of The Afghan Women's Writing Project.  Connie is a Florida native.