Therese Anne Fowler
Therese Anne Fowler (pronounced ta-reece) is the third child and only daughter of a couple who raised their children in Milan, Illinois. An avowed tomboy, Therese thwarted her grandmothers determined attempts to dress her in frillsand, to further her point, insisted on playing baseball despite her town having a perfectly good girls softball league. Thanks to the implementation of Title IX legislation and her fathers willingness to fight on her behalf, Therese became one of the first girls in the U.S. to play Little League baseball.
Her passion for baseball was exceeded only by her love of books. A reader since age four, she often abused her library privileges by keeping favorite books out just a little too long. When domestic troubles led to unpleasant upheaval during her adolescence, the Rock Island Public Library became her refuge. With no grounding in Literature per se, she made no distinction between the classics and modern fiction. Little Women was as valued as The Dead Zone. A storys ability to transport her, affect her, was the only relevant matter. She would eventually earn a BA in sociology/cultural anthropology and then an MFA in creative writing. Though her reading preferences have become more particular over time, her standard for what makes a good read remains unchanged.
Therese is currently a visiting professor at North Carolina State University, where she teaches Advanced Fiction Writing.
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