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 an author, journalist, and speaker focusing on families, health, education, parenting and sexuality. Her latest book Beyond Birds & Bees: Bringing Home a New Message to Our Kids about Sex, Love, and Equality is a groundbreaking inquiry into how we teach our children about bodies, sex, relationships, and equality—with revelatory, practical takeaways from the world-famous Dutch approach. Since its August 2018 release, Beyond Birds and Bees has seen coverage in many national, international, and regional outlets including The New York TimesWashington Post, SalonParents, Huffington PostThe EstablishmentChicago Tribune, Good Morning Washington, New York Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Radio, North Texas Public Radio, KUOW Seattle, King 5 TV News, New Day Northwest, and many other podcasts and media outlets.

Bonnie has written recently for the New York Times on teaching young children about boundaries and consent as well as the value of childhood crushes, for The Atlantic on both the link between sex ed and gender equality and the case for comprehensive sex ed, for The Cut on raising kids without sexual shame, and for the Washington Post on why we shouldn’t separate boys and girls for sex ed and how straight parents can raise kids to be allies with the LGBTQ+ community. Her previous books are The Girls, Alone and Carrier, winner of a 2011 Minnesota Book Award.

Rough is an essayist, memoirist, and journalist with an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Iowa. An enterprising reporter, simpatico storyteller and thought-provoking speaker, she is fascinated by a range of social and scientific topics. Her art and aim is to bring challenging subjects comfortably and refreshingly to light. Her literary 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)