Bonnie J. Morris

WOMEN'S HISTORY FOR BEGINNERS: C-Span Book TV's Book of the Month. Runner-up, New England Book Festival.

Fan letter from FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA. She's reading Women's History For Beginners!

The new volume of poetry, NOW AVAILABLE! Order yours now at

A joyful author with her fall 2012 book, THE BAR NOTEBOOKS

At Red Square in Moscow with Olivia stage manager Kim Wilson

With Semester at Sea in China: women of the world, unite.

Order the book based on my hot one-woman play! This volume was also Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. I lost to Mart Crowley, the well-deserving playwright of BOYS IN THE BAND. In 2014 I'll be performing for two spectacular D.C. audiences: donors to WAMU radio, and members of the national Women's History Museum.

Professor. Author. Speaker. Historian.

Go to to see my C-Span interview. Get ready for stirring issues in women's history!


WOMEN'S HISTORY FOR BEGINNERS is off the charts! After taking second prize in the New England Book Festival, I also received a fan letter from First Lady Michelle Obama, on White House stationery, thanking me for donating a copy of WHFB to the White House. C-Span Book TV made this their Book of the Month. I sold out on Amazon!

In fall, I was a Finalist for the Autumn House nonfiction book prize and a Semi-Finalist for the Zone 3 Press nonfiction book prize. Earlier, I'd won the "New Women's Voices" chapbook competition from Finishing Line Press, and my first volume of collected poems, THE SCHOOLGIRL'S ATLAS, came out in late summer. It's now available from

Hot off the press is my tribute to ten years of note-taking in D.C.'s women's bars. THE BAR NOTEBOOKS was introduced at the 20th Anniversary Lavender Languages and Linguistics Conference at American University on 16 February; the book is available on demand from the Espresso Book Machine at D.C.'s Politics & Prose Books (East Coast) or Bookshop Santa Cruz (West Coast.)

My prize-winning essay "Devour the Darling Plagues" appears in THE CHALK CIRCLE, edited by Tara Masih. That anthology itself is now a bestseller on Amazon and has received multiple prestigious awards: a Skipping Stones Honor Award, and a Silver Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association, and a Silver Medal from Foreward Review for Book of the Year.

Please also check out my earlier author interview on C-SPAN Book TV, available at http:/​/​​videoLibrary.

Now in print: my essay on the cuisine of women's music festivals in the August 2012 issue of Gastronomica; my slam poem on love between Israeli and Palestinian women in BEFORE WE HAVE NOWHERE TO STAND (Lost Horse Press); my essay on meeting Fidel Castro for drinks in the fall 2012 issue of COBALT; my tribute to Ireland in the tenth-year anniversary volume of CHATAUQUA; my tribute to the late Frank Kameny in THIS ASSIGNMENT IS SO GAY.

Finalist in 2010, finalist again for 2012, and in 2011, actual PROFESSOR OF THE YEAR. Teaching women's history is my passion.

FILM APPEARANCES: "If Women Ruled the World" (dir. Richard Karz) "Contact" (dir. Robert Zemickis); "Out of Season" (dir. Jeanette Buck); "Radical Harmonies" (dir. Dee Mosbacher); "Speaking Our Minds" (Dir. Courtenay Singer); "The Coat Hanger Project" (dir. Angie Young.)
PLAYS: "Passing," "Revenge of the Women's Studies Professor."
ADVISORY BOARDS: The National Women's History Museum; Rainbow History Society of Washington, D.C.; Women's Studies Steering Committee, Georgetown University; Women's Studies Curriculum Committee, George Washington University; affiliated faculty, Global Women's Institute, George Washington University.
ARCHIVAL WORK: Field notes and taped interviews from 30 years of festival culture are willed to the women's special collection of Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe; collected student publications from the 1970s have been archived at Carolina Friends School for public use.


The author of eight books, I earned my BA in Jewish history from American University in 1983, the first graduate to complete AU's then-new minor in Women's Studies.

After earning my Ph.D in women's history from Binghamton University (1990), I taught one of the first-ever graduate seminars on Jewish women's history at Harvard; served as global women's studies professor for the Semester At Sea program; then joined the women's studies faculty at both George Washington University (1994) and Georgetown (1996).

I teach Women and Western Civilization, Gender and Athletics, Women and War, and Introduction to Women's Studies. Each June I work as an Exam Leader for the College Board, scoring AP U.S. History exams.

Each August I live in a tent for two weeks, working at the Michigan Women's Music Festival, where I am coordinator of the Community Center crew.

When do I write? In the cracks, the nooks & crannies, the superlative fissures, the creased paper trails begging for my ink.


Selected Works

One-woman play available for your campus or conference. A global success since 1993, this hour-long show has roused feminist audiences from Iceland to New Zealand.
Women's History
Women's History For Beginners(2012), Revenge of the Women's Studies Professor(2009), Girl Reel (2000), Eden Built By Eves (1999), Lubavitcher Women in America (1998), The High School Scene in the Fifties (1997)