Bonnie J. Rough
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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, released by 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, The AtlanticThe CUT, Huffington Post, The SunBrain, 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.


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 Honors & Awards

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