Bonnie J. Rough
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Bonnie J. Rough is the author of The Girls, Alone selected by Amazon editors as one of the best Kindle Singles of 2015.

A former journalist with an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa, her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and publications. Rough's award-winning essays and memorable talks on subjects ranging from science and sexuality to parenting and the writer’s life have reached audiences across the U.S. and abroad.

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Behind the genius

Bonnie J. Rough is the author of Beyond Birds & Bees: Bringing Home a New Message to Our Kids About Sex, Love, and Equality, forthcoming from Seal Press/Hachette at back-to-school 2018. Her previous books include The Girls, Alone: Six Days in Estonia, selected by Amazon as one of the Best Kindle Singles of 2015, and the memoir Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA, winner of a 2011 Minnesota Book Award.

A former journalist with an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa, her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and publications. Rough's award-winning essays and memorable talks on subjects ranging from science and sexuality to parenting and the writer’s life have reached audiences across the U.S. and abroad. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, she has lived in the Midwest and in the Netherlands and now resides in Seattle with her family. She teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Ashland University.

 
 

Selected Publications

New York Times

The Oregonian

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Kindle Singles

Huffington Post

The Sun Magazine

Seattle Review of Books

Brain, Child

 

Anthology Publications

How We Speak to One Another: An Essay Daily Reader, Eds. Ander Monson and Craig Reinbold Coffeehouse 2016
 

I’ll Tell You Mine: The Best of the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program, Eds. Hope Edelman and Robin Hemley, University of Chicago Press 2015
 

Because You Asked: A Book of Answers on the Art and Craft of the Writing Life, Ed. Katrina Roberts, Lost Horse Press 2015
 

The Best American Science and Nature Writing, Houghton Mifflin 2007
 

The Best Creative Nonfiction Vol. 1, W. W. Norton 2007
 

Modern Love: 50 True and Extraordinary Tales of Desire, Deceit, and Devotion from The New York Times “Modern Love” column, Three Rivers Press 2007

 

Selected Organizations
Invitations to speak

Science
National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) conference plenary speaker
Edimer Pharmaceuticals

Literature
The Loft Literary Center
Hugo House
Ladywell’s https://ladywellspa.com/

Writing Conferences
Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP)
NonfictioNow Conference
Write on the River writing conference
Write on the Sound writing conference

Organizations
Rochester Public Library

Universities
University of Washington School of Public Health http://sph.washington.edu/
University of Washington School of Medicine
University of California Santa Cruz
Texas Tech University
Ball State University
Whitman College
Hamline University
Ashland University

...and lots of book clubs!

Prizes, fellowships, grants, or artist residencies

 

 

Minnesota Book Awards
McKnight Foundation`
Bush Foundation
Seattle Public Library
Centrum
Sustainable Arts Foundation
King County 4Culture
Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)

 

Selected Publications

 

The New York Times

The Oregonian

Minneapolis
Star-Tribune

Kindle Singles

Huffington Post

The Sun Magazine

Seattle Review of Books

Brain, Child

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Podcasts, Radio, and TV appearances

NPR Weekend Edition

Good Enough Moms Podcast

KOMO 4 Television