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Biography

Carol Owens Campbell

Lois Carol Owens Campbell, named after her beloved maternal grandmother "Lois Florene Scarborough Watson," was born in Columbus, Georgia and lived there until she left for college. Columbus holds a special place in her memories, however, she celebrates the Golden Isles of Georgia (St. Simons, Sea Island and Jekyll) as her "home."

Visiting her grandparents, Lois and Alton Watson, who lived in Brunswick, Georgia on the mainland closest to the Islands, Carol would explore the Islands and admire their unique, individual characteristics. She would swim, build sandcastles, enjoy picnics under live oak trees, play putt-putt golf near the lighthouse in Neptune Park, and walk along the pier. She would also "hunt" to see  glimpses of deer at night by beaming a flashlight through the open window of the pink Cadillac her grandfather drove slowly through the forests. The Golden Isles were filled with history and charm, beauty and mystery to delight Carol's irrepressible spirit and provide her with keepsake memories for all of time.

Carol is a lover of stories, humor, precise language, dates, times, history, her family, her friends, and her pets (including her late loves named Bambi, Chief, Nicky, and Scout).

Her writing colleagues and instructors, including Solstice MFA Director Meg Kearney, Assistant MFA Director Beth Grosart Little and former Assistant MFA Director Tanya Whiton, with their joie de vivre and artistic brilliance, hold a very special place in her memories.

Carol also treasures her elementary (Johnson), junior high (Richards), high school (Columbus High School) and college friends at Converse College, The University of Alabama and Pine Manor College and keeps them close in her conversations and memories.

Carol attended Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C. for two years, transferred to The University of Alabama her junior year and earned her B.S. in Home Economics (Early Childhood Development) in 1972.

She enjoyed working at the University of Miami, the University of Tennessee and the University of Pennsylvania before her award-winning career with the Eastman Kodak Company as a Sales Account Executive began.

She earned her MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from the Solstice MFA Program at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts in 2011.

Carol and her husband John Campbell met in Houston, Texas in 1978 and married in 1980. They are the proud parents of Griffin Owens Campbell. Wrigley, their pug, and Boo, their kitty, are also adored members of the family.