South Hadley, Massachusetts, United States
In 1976 Joan Connor graduated from the Mount Holyoke College with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Middlebury, Vermont, United States
In 1983 Joan Connor received a Master of Arts degree from the Middlebury College.
Montpelier, Vermont, United States
In 1995 Joan Connor obtained a Master of Fine Arts from the Vermont College.
(Route 7 is not a road that easily accepts strangers. Even...)
Route 7 is not a road that easily accepts strangers. Even the title story is told through five separate viewpoints, reflecting the ways that individuals are isolated and isolate themselves. Resistant to change, the natives who live along Route 7 are quick to point out the shortcomings of more recent arrivals.
(In this book, Joan Connor returns to the dark New England...)
In this book, Joan Connor returns to the dark New England of her earlier collection and the wry characters who inhabit it: a hunter who has spent too much time listening to the woods, a ferryman whose emotional seclusion leads to a doomed longing for a summer girl, a carnival diviner whose cards foretell her desertion, a corpse who, out of sheer meanness, will not stay below ground.
(The stories in this award-winning collection all bear som...)
The stories in this award-winning collection all bear some relationship to history, personal or communal. Several are based on iconic American figures, from William Miller to Margaret Hamilton to Ray Charles. Others evince a feminist impulse to redeem from history those women whose lives would otherwise go unremarked, such as Juana la Loca and Bridget Cleary. Still others explore the ways in which language constructs and deconstructs character―Thomas Power James engaged in completing Charles Dickens's unfinished novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Branwell Brönte struggling to distinguish between personal history and his family's texts; and Gérard de Nerval warring against his incipient madness. All of the stories, whether realistic or experimental, witty or solemn, acknowledge how the past continually informs the present.
("What do you do for a living?" the podiatrist (or the pho...)
"What do you do for a living?" the podiatrist (or the photographer or the woman in the train station) asks, and Joan Connor answers, "I’m a writer," waiting with a cringe for the inevitable rejoinder: "Oh, boy, do I have a story for you!" How such offerings, not stories but small reports from the thick of life, become rich reflections on the nature of waiting and writing, language and love, memory and hope, is the mystery of this award-winning collection of essays.
In 1976 Joan Connor graduated from the Mount Holyoke College with a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1983 she received a Master of Arts degree from the Middlebury College. In 1995 Connor obtained a Master of Fine Arts from the Vermont College.
From 1977 to 1979 Joan Connor was a representative of Women’s Health Outreach Program at the Vermont Department of Public Health. She also was an English teacher at schools in Woodstock, Vermont in 1979 and 1980, and in Philadelphia from 1980 - 1983. From 1994 to 1995 Connor was a leader of fiction-writing workshop at the Vermont League of Writers. In 1995 Connor was appointed a visiting professor at the Ohio University in Athens and worked for a year. In 1996 she was promoted to assistant professor of English until 2001.
Joan Connor was an associate professor at the Ohio University from 2001 to 2005. In 2002 Joan became a professor at the University of Southern Maine and teaches a Low Residency MFA Program. Connor was a director of creative writing ath the Ohio University from 2003 to 2008. In the summer of 2004, she served as an Interim Co-director of the University of Southern Maine. From 2005 Joan Connor is a professor at the Ohio University.
("What do you do for a living?" the podiatrist (or the pho...)2006
(In this book, Joan Connor returns to the dark New England...)2000
(The stories in this award-winning collection all bear som...)2003
(Route 7 is not a road that easily accepts strangers. Even...)1997
Joan Connor is a member of New England Writers Association and of the Young Writers Institute.
Joan Connor married Nils Wessell. Later, they divorced and have one daughter, Kerry.