- The Great Speckled Bird and Other Stories (1964)
Lowrey was born in 1923 in Verona, Mississippi. He attended the University of the South, where he earned an A.B. in 1947, an A.M. in 1948 . He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1956.
He was in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946. He married Janet Kelso in 1945. He then taught at San Jose State College from 1949 to 1950. From 1950 to 1952, he taught at the University of Chicago. From 1952 to 1957, he taught at Vassar. In 1957, he returned to Chicago. He died in 1965.