Aquinas College Contemporary Writers Series presents Bonnie Jo Campbell
Michigan native Bonnie Jo Campbell will give a free reading as part of the Contemporary Writers Series at Aquinas College, Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the Wege Ballroom.
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Bonnie Jo Campbell will give a free reading as part of the Contemporary Writers Series at Aquinas College on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the Wege Ballroom.
Campbell grew up on a small Michigan farm with her mother and four siblings. She has hitchhiked across the U.S. and Canada, scaled the Swiss Alps on her bicycle and traveled with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus selling snow cones. She is the author of the novel Once Upon a River (July 2011, W.W. Norton) and a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow. She was a 2009 National Book Award finalist and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist for her collection of stories, American Salvage, which won the Foreword Book of the Year Award for short fiction. She also wrote the novel Q Road and the story collection Women & Other Animals.
She’s received the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Award for Short Fiction, a Pushcart Prize, and the Eudora Welty Prize. Her poetry collection Love Letters to Sons of Bitches won the 2009 CBA Letterpress Chapbook award.
Campbell has an M.A. in mathematics and an M.F.A. in writing from Western Michigan University. She lives in Kalamazoo, where she practices Koburyu Kobudo weapons training, gardens and hangs out with her husband and her two donkeys, Jack and Don Quixote. You can check out her website at bonniejocampbell.com.
Poetry: Love Letters to Sons of Bitches
Novels: Once Upon a River, Q Road
Short Stories: American Salvage, Women and Other Animals
The Aquinas College Contemporary Writers Series will be coordinated by a steering committee consisting of members of the Aquinas staff and faculty representing the Friends of the Grace Hauenstein Library, the English Department, and the Student Activities Department. In addition to doing public readings, visiting writers will meet with creative writing students in workshops and will offer readings for students in the college's first and second year core courses.