BA, University of Puget Sound, 1978
MA, University of Washington, 1986
Professor Beverly Conner’s graduate thesis was a collection of short stories, Safe Lodgings. She has published essays in Private Voices, Public Lives: Women Speak on the Literary Life and in Colors of a Different Horse: Rethinking Creative Writing Theory and Pedagogy, as well as short fiction and poetry in various journals. Her short stories, along with those of Professors Ostrom and Putnam with a Forward by President Ron Thomas, were published by the University’s Collins Press in the collection Nine by Three: Stories. Her most recent publication is the historical novel Where Light Is a Place, set in 1947 Manhattan Beach, California, where a girl tries to rescue her parents’ crumbling marriage while navigating the riptides of adolescence. She is currently at work on her second novel Falling from Grace that deals with traumatic brain injury.
At Puget Sound, Professor Conner currently teaches introductory poetry and fiction-writing, a course in autobiography, biography, and memoir, as well as sections of the Seminar in Social Inquiry that explores the liminal world.