UMass Sesquicentennial

A nontraditional student herself, Connie began her studies at Tulsa Junior College & transferred to the University of Tulsa. She supported her studies by working full-time.



Connie's publications have appeared in Literature and the Writer (Rodopi Press) and He Said, She Says: An RSVP to the Male Text (Fairleigh Dickinson UP), as well as in a number of journals and literary magazines.

Her book, To Tell the Truth: Practice and Craft in Narrative Nonfiction (Pearson/Longman, 2009), provides guidance in writing memoir, profiles, prose poems, lyric essays, and literary journalism, as well as an anthology of essays by writers on writing and examples of narrative nonfiction.


draws inspiration from


Starting here, what do you want to remember? How sunlight creeps along a shining floor? What scent of old wood hovers, what softened Sound from outside fills the air?

Will you ever bring a better gift for the world Than the breathing respect that you carry Wherever you go right now? Are you waiting For time to show you some better thoughts?

- William Stafford, "You Reading This, Be Ready"