Connie Cronley was born in Nowata, Oklahoma, was graduated from Coffeyville Community College and holds a master's degree in communication from the University of Tulsa. She has worked in newspaper, television, advertising, and public relations.
For 15 years she was general manager of Tulsa Ballet Theatre. At the University of Tulsa, she headed continuing education for Arts and Sciences and taught writing in the School of Journalism.
Connie's writings are usually always set in Oklahoma but her themes are universal. She has said, "This nation is linked by sub-committees---church, book clubs, horse people---circles of people with shared interests."
Connie Cronley is the author of two books of essays, "Light and Variable" and "Sometimes a Wheel Falls Off", and co-authored with Edward Perkins http://cdm16807.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/okauthors/id/137
the book about his life, "Ambassador: Warrior for Peace."
Most of her freelance magazine articles have been about Oklahoma history. She has a column in Tulsa People magazine, called "The Last Word". She also wrote a weekly column for the Tulsa Tribune, when she was restaurant critic, called "Eating Out" and has the distinction of a restaurant in Oklahoma City naming a hamburger in her honor. Her radio commentaries for National Public Radio, can be heard on, KWGS, NPR 89.5.
Connie Cronley currently lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation.
Sometimes a Wheel Falls Off. Tulsa, OK: Hawk Publishing, 2000.
Mr. Ambassador: Warrior for Peace. With Edward J. Perkins. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 2006.
Light and Variable: A Year of Celebrations, Holidays, Recipes and Emily Dickinson. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 2006.