Bonnie Jo Campbell Genre Jumps at Her Reading

Assistant Editors and Bonnie Jo Campbell (lower front center) show off tattoos featuring her book American Salvage, nominated for a National Book Award

Silk Road Assistant Editors and undergrad writers gathered at Pacific U to hear Bonnie Jo Campbell read from her work and discuss how she moves from poetry, fiction and nonfiction when exploring the same subject, in this case the beating and robbing of a man near her home in Kalamazoo, Michigan. We loved the display of her artistry and her electric reading of a short story from her collection, Women and Other Animals.
And, yeah, we dug the tattoos, too!

Bonnie Jo Campbell Reads from American Salvage

National Book Award Nominee Bonnie Jo Campbell will read on site here at Pacific University on February 18, 7:30pm in Marsh Hall.

All is weird, immediate and raw in Campbell’s stories and poems. Reading and hearing her work is like white water rafting on the most beautiful and dangerous river you can find.   Just hold on tight and see how far she will take you.

Campbell is the author of the novel Q Road, and the story collection Women & Other Animals. Her second story collection, American Salvage was published to acclaim in the Spring of 2009 and has been nominated for a National Book Award. She has won the AWP award for short fiction and a Pushcart prize, and she was named a Barnes & Noble Great New Writer. The New York Times has called her stories “Bitter, but sweetened by humor,” and Publisher’s Weekly said Campbell details, “domestic worlds where Martha Stewart would fear to tread.”

Her fiction has recently been published in Southern Review, Kenyon Review, Alaska Review, Boulevard, Pleiades and Witness. Her essays have appeared in Utne Reader, Ontario Review, Bark Magazine, and Fourth Genre. A dozen of her poems appeared in Midwest Quarterly Review, Spring 2009. She has a second degree black belt in kobudo, and she lives with her husband and donkeys in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She teaches in Pacific University’s Low-Residency MFA in Writing program.