Bonnie J. Rough is the award-winning author of numerous essays and three books of nonfiction.
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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 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 (Counterpoint), winner of a Minnesota Book Award. An enterprising reporter, simpatico storyteller and thought-provoking speaker, Rough is fascinated by a range of social and scientific topics. Her art and aim is to bring challenging subjects comfortably and refreshingly to light.
An essayist, memoirist, and journalist with an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa, Rough's work has appeared in numerous anthologies and publications including the Best American series, the New York Times, Huffington Post, The Sun, Brain, Child and many others. She contributes essay-reviews to the Seattle Review of Books. Rough's award-winning writing 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.