Bonnie Lee Black earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University – Los Angeles in June 2007. An honors graduate of Columbia University, New York (BA Lit./Writing, 1979), she has been a professional writer and editor for nearly 30 years and an educator in the U.S. and overseas for over 15 years.
In addition to the recently released How to Cook a Crocodile, Bonnie is the author of the memoir Somewhere Child (Viking Press, NY, 1981), which was instrumental in the creation of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and is still featured on the reading lists of organizations designed to help parents of abducted children.
For ten years (1986-96) she was a chef, caterer, and cooking instructor in Manhattan, during which time her freelance writing focused on food. In 1996, she joined the Peace Corps and served as a health and nutrition volunteer in Gabon, Central Africa On her own, she subsequently (1998-2001) created an economic development project in Mali, West Africa, teaching Malian seamstresses how to make patchwork quilts. That story, How to Make an African Quilt, the sequel to Crocodile, is the subject of her first publication with Nighthawk Press.
Bonnie’s essays have appeared in a number of published anthologies and literary journals, including (most recently) Alimentum, Persimmon Tree, and Under the Sun. She now lives in Taos, New Mexico, and teaches in both the English and Culinary Arts departments at UNM-Taos.
Enjoy a sample of Bonnie’s talented book readings below—thanks to Moby Dickens Bookstore, Taos.