Bonnie Jo Campbell is our our distinguished alumna for 2011-2012. Bonnie received her MFA from the English Department in 1998.
Bonnie Jo Campbell is the author of the novel Once Upon a River ( W.W. Norton) and a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow. She was a 2009 National Book Award finalist and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist for her collection of stories, American Salvage, which won the Foreword Book of the Year award for short fiction. Campbell is also author of the novel Q Road and the story collection Women & Other Animals. She’s received the AWP Award for Short Fiction, a Pushcart Prize, and the Eudora Welty Prize. Her poetry collection Love Letters to Sons of Bitches won the 2009 CBA Letterpress Chapbook award. Campbell lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan, with her husband. She holds a second degree black belt in Koburyu Kobudo, an Okinawan weapons art, and in her spare time gardens and hangs out with her donkeys Jack and Don Quixote. You can check out her website at www.bonniejocampbell.com and her writer’s life blog, “The Bone-Eye at http://bone-eye.blogspot.com/
"Bonnie is a wonderful example of the high quality of our graduates and the outstanding education and mentoring they receive in our department. I'm enthused that she has accepted our invitation. She will also be the keynote at our Friday, March 23, 2012 departmental awards ceremony (mark your calendars now!)."
– Jonathan Bush, Department Chair