Bonnie Rough

Washington, United States

Member Since: 09/10/2012

Bonnie J. Rough is the author of the 2011 Minnesota Book Award-winning memoir Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA. Her essays have appeared in numerous periodicals including The New York Times, Huffington Post, The Sun magazine, The Iowa Review, Ninth Letter, Defunct, Brevity, Identity Theory, and Sweet: A Literary Confection, as well as anthologies including The Best Creative Nonfiction, The Best American Science and Nature Writing, and Modern Love. Rough holds an MFA from the Nonfiction Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Previously, she taught at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, where she became the recipient of a Bush Artist Fellowship, a McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers, and a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant. She currently teaches in the Ashland University low-residency MFA program in nonfiction, and she is a prose editor for Versal, an award-winning international journal of literature and art based in Amsterdam. Her blog about two years of expatriate life in that city is The Blue Suitcase. Rough now lives with her husband and two daughters in her native city of Seattle, where she is at work on Mama Bare, revelations on life in a female body. Her web site is




  • Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA , Counterpoint (May 2010)


  • Minnesota Book Award(2011)


  • Prose Editor at Versal (2009 - )
  • Honored Visiting Graduate Faculty at Ashland University Low-Residency MFA (January 2012 - )


  • Master of Fine Arts in Nonfiction from University of Iowa (May 2005)