Bonnie J. Morris

My writing space and loft at Hedgebrook: Meadow House.

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!


In late August I enjoyed a prestigious HEDGEBROOK residency, on Whidbey Island (in Puget Sound, near Seattle), where I wrote for ten stirring days in the cottage which previously housed Gloria Steinem, Dorothy Allison, Alice Sebold, Sarah Waters, Carolyn Forche, Naomi Shihab Nye and Courtney Martin. In that rarefied atmisphere of role models and owls, I finished two chapters of one book plus 30 pages of my novel.

WOMEN'S HISTORY FOR BEGINNERS is unstoppable! 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 2012 I 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 August 2013; available from

Now required reading at the University of Wisconsin 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 Bookshop Santa Cruz in California.

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 ForeWord 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. I'll read from this latter at the national Women's Studies Association Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on November 20th.

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 eleven 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. I also serve as an occasional guest lecturer/​staff for Olivia Cruises, offering women's history talks aboard their voyages. This past July I traveled with Olivia to Rome, Corsica, the italian Riviera and Spain; I will rejoin them for the may 2015 Alaska Cruise and the August 2015 trip to Turkey and the Greek Islands--including Lesbos!

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)