Andrea Fisher Rowland

The author and her books

The Books

Family Album, the poetry collection

Most impressive is the achieved quietness of the collection, one that maintains composure, dignity, and perspective in the face of many complexities

Stephen Cushman, author of
Hothead: A Poem

The poems explore close relationships with loved ones, and then expand the view from the intimate to the universal, encompassing the poet’s first glimpse – with her sister – of a black swan in New Zealand, and our collective dance to the music of the spheres. Get your copies now!

A superb integration of humanity and nature, Rowland’s book is articulate, poetic, and titillates the senses. After reading, I’m still feeling the pull of High Tide.

Erica Arvold, Founder & CEO, Arvold

At the Outer Banks, environmental scientist Marika Hansen stands in the ocean and contemplates, with grim satisfaction, the end of the world. Migrating swans arrive from the Arctic, to find that their familiar salt marsh has become a hog wallow. A confluence of muck, microbes, and chance create a powerful new life form that will invade the beach town of Jasper, North Carolina. Get your copies now!

High Tide, the novel


Join the author’s community as we celebrate the publication of Andrea’s two books! Twice! In two different places! On two different dates and times! Attend both of them! Learn how the books came to be, and meet with the people who made it all happen. Celebrate! Pick up copies for yourself and for thoughtful gifts for all your words-loving friends.

Does a Tuesday evening sound good to you?
Join us on Tuesday 12 November at Renaissance School in downtown Charlottesville, VA, from 5:00pm to 6:30pm.
NOTE: Enter on 5th St NE, between Market and Jefferson Streets, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Is a Saturday morning better for you? Some coffee with your literature?
Join us on Saturday 7 December at Baine’s Books & Coffee in downtown Scottsville, VA, from 10:00am to noon.
485 Valley St, Scottsville, VA 24590

About the Author

Andrea Fisher Rowland
Photo by Noelle Beverly

Teacher, author, playwright, and poet Andrea Fisher Rowland (1957-2019) made her home in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Andrea spent her childhood years in New Zealand, and thereafter was a Virginia resident for most of her life. She graduated in English from James Madison University, where hers was the first student-written play – entitled “Fancies” – ever presented on the main stage of campus and for which she won the Norman Lear Award for Comedy Playwriting.

She earned an MA from the University of Virginia with a concentration in Creative Writing, studying with John Casey and Greg Orr.

She went on to earn a PhD from the University as well, working with Karen Chase and Edgar Shannon. Her dissertation, The Supernatural Muse: Representations of the Creative Impulse in the Fiction of Emily Bronte, Charlotte Bronte, and Charles Dickens, examines the supernatural figures (ghosts, genii, etc.) appearing in those authors’ works.

She worked as an Assistant Dean and Director of Studies at the University of Virginia, taught composition and literature at Wake Forest University, and taught introduction to theater at James Madison University. She has directed readings and productions of Shakespeare and other early modern playwrights at Wake Forest and at the University of Virginia. Most recently she taught English at Renaissance School in Charlottesville.

Throughout the years, while raising her son Liam, she wrote poetry, plays, and fiction, notably her novel High Tide. In 2017, an excerpt from High Tide was a finalist in the Virginia Festival of the Book Fiction Contest, and her poem, “These Same Fields,” won the Writer House / Jefferson Madison Regional Library Poetry Competition. Her poem, “Waikato,” was published in Artemis Journal in 2018.

The poetry collection, Family Album, and the novel, High Tide, launch in November 2019, both from Chenille Books.

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