BONNIE J. ROUGH is the author of The Girls, Alone: Six Days in Estonia, selected by Amazon editors as one of the Best Kindle Singles of 2015. She is also a Minnesota Book Award winner for her memoir Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA (Counterpoint 2010). Her essays about family, travel, and sexuality have appeared in dozens of publications including The New York Times, Huffington Post, The Sun magazine, Brain, Child magazine, The Iowa Review, Florida Review, and Brevity.
Her work appears in several anthologies including The Best Creative Nonfiction, The Best American Science and Nature Writing, Modern Love, and the recent and forthcoming volumes I’ll Tell You Mine: Thirty Years of Essays from the Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program; Because You Asked: A Book of Answers on the Art and Craft of the Writing Life and The Essay Daily Reader. In addition, she has chronicled the intersections of family, travel, and culture on The Blue Suitcase, her three-year blog about expatriate life in Europe.
Rough earned her MFA from the University of Iowa and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Ashland University. Since 2009, she has served as a prose editor for Versal, an Amsterdam-based award-winning international journal of art and literature. Previously, she taught at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she became the recipient of a Bush Artist Fellowship, a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers, and a Minnesota State Arts Board grant. Her memoir Carrier was awarded a Minnesota Book Award in 2011. With past lives in Amsterdam and Minneapolis, she now lives in her hometown of Seattle with her husband and two daughters.
Online, you can see Bonnie interviewed on KOMO TV news, listen to Bonnie’s interview with Liane Hansen on NPR’s Weekend Edition, read a feature about the author and Carrier from The Daily News, and read an interview from Literary Mama. More links to press coverage can be found under Book and Reviews.