Connie May Fowler

Florida, United States

Member Since: 08/22/2012

Connie May Fowler is an award-winning novelist, memoirist, short story writer, and screenwriter. Her most recent memoir, A Million Fragile Bones (Twisted Road Publications), explores her connection to nature and the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill 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. Her 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 novel Stone by Stone. She teaches at the Vermont College of Fine Arts low residency creative writing MFA program. She directs the VCFA Novel Retreat and the Yucatan Writing Conference.


Twitter Username: @conniemayfowler


  • A Million Fragile Bones , Twisted Road Publications (April 20, 2017)
  • Before Women had Wings, A Novel , Putnam
  • River of Hidden Dreams, A Novel , Putnam
  • Sugar Cage, A Novel , Putnam
  • How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly. A Novel , Hachette
  • The Problem with Murmur Lee, A Novel , Doubleday
  • Remembering Blue, A Novel , Doubleday
  • When Katie Wakes, A Memoir , Doubleday


  • Southern Book Criitics Circle Award(1996)
  • Francis Buck Award(1997)
  • Chautauqua South Award for Fiction(2001)
  • Lee County Public Library Lifetime Achievement Award(2006)


  • Creative Writing Faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts
  • VCFA Novel Retreat, Director at Vermont College of Fine Arts
  • Yucatan Writing Conference, Director at Yucatan Writing Conference


  • Master of Fine Arts in English/Creative Writing from University of Kansas

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Screenwriting, Poetry