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Debra Bowling, The Memory of Flight

Updated: Dec 15, 2021

Debra Bowling grew up in Northeast Alabama with a love of books and writing. After

graduating from The University of Alabama with degrees in social work and criminal justice, she

worked with issues such as domestic violence, runway teens, child abuse, and other areas while

also writing articles and stories, taking photographs, and producing video documentaries.

Bowling was a Finalist in the 1989 Home Town USA Video Festival for Stories of Survival,

which was also screened by Amnesty International and Image Film & Video the same year in

Atlanta. Her documentary, Walking Without Music: Raymond Andrews and the Storyteller’s

Tradition, was purchased by Emory University to include with the author’s papers and books in a

special collection and included as part of the films available through the Center for the Study of

Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. The Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs

awarded her a grant in 1991 to complete Three Southern Writers, video documentaries of authors

Tina McElroy Ansa, Terry Kay, and Sara Flannigan. Bowling published photography, poetry,

and nonfiction, as well as short fiction in numerous publications. Her short story, Tattoo, was

selected for inclusion in the North Carolina PBS Playhouse 30 (TV dramas based on short

stories). The Memory of Flight, her debut novel, was published in December 2014 by Little

Feather Books (NY), and was awarded the 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Award for First

Novel by the Georgia Writers Association. Story Circle Book Reviews awarded the novel five

stars in a review in June 2016 and chose it as an editor's pick for two consecutive months.

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