Bonnie J. Morris

Forthcoming from SUNY Press, summer 2016.

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

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.

Welcome to the world of women's studies.


The Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe will be funding my work on the documentation of women's music festivals for part of 2016-2017. I'm very grateful. I'll also be presenting more of that research for the Library of Congress Performing Arts Reading Room.

I am happy to note I won the Bloom chapbook prize for nonfiction with my 25-page narrative on growing up in the 1960s, "Sixes and Sevens." This new volume is now available: http:/​/​​shop/​sixes-sevens-an-essay-by-bonnie-j-morris/​

My thirteenth book, The Disappearing L: erasure of lesbian spaces and culture, is now in production at SUNY Press. I am grateful for the support I had from 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 atmosphere 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. It sold out on Amazon.

In 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.

Popular and 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.

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

Finalist in 2010, finalist again for 2012 and 2016; 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.


Bonnie J. Morris is a women's history professor and the author of fourteen books. Born on Mother's Day, 1961, she attended an international elementary school in West Los Angeles, participating in peace vigils with her parents from a very young age. After her family moved to North Carolina, she graduated from the Carolina Friends School, and then earned a B.A. in Jewish history from American University: and was the first student to complete a minor in Women's Studies at AU. She earned her Ph.D. in women's history at Binghamton University in upstate New York in 1989, soon thereafter joining the faculty of Harvard Divinity School and Semester at Sea. Since 1994 she has taught half time at both George Washington University and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She teaches Approaches to Women's History, Gender and Athletics, Lesbian History and Culture, and Introduction to Women's Studies.

Dr. Morris began keeping a journal, handwritten in fountain pen ink, at age twelve, and has now filled close to 180 300-pages volumes. Her public writing career includes essays published in over sixty anthologies of women's writing; a one-woman play performed in seen countries; and fourteen years with Mothertongue, D.C.'s spoken-word stage for women. Her essays have appeared in Comstock Review, Curator, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Del Sol, Gastronomica, Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review, Lilith, Memoir, Ms., Quiddity, Travelers' Tales, and the Washington Post.

Of her fourteen books, six have won national prizes. Three were finalists for the Lambda Literary Award: Eden Built By Eves (Alyson, 1999); Girl Reel (Coffee House Press, 2000); and Revenge of the Women's Studies Professor (Indiana University Press, 2009.) Girl Reel also won the ForeWord national prize for LGBT nonfiction.
Women's History for Beginners took second prize in the New England B0ok Festival; The Schoolgirl's Atlas won the Finishing Line Press New Voices prize for a first volume of poetry by a woman writer. Sixes and Sevens has just won the Bloom prize for LGBT nonfiction.

An Exam Leader for the AP U.S. History Exam and a scholarly adviser to the proposed National Women's History Museum, Dr. Morris has been a lecturer for Olivia Cruises and the global Semester at Sea program. She is now a consultant for Disney Animation, the Global Women's Institute, the American Psychological Association, Pacifica Radio Archives and the U.S. State Department's Academy for Educational Development.

"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)

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