Bonnie Jill Emanuel


Author's Bio

Bonnie Jill Emanuel's poems appear or will appear in American Poetry Review, Colorado Review, Passages North, Mid-American Review, Ruminate, The Laurel Review, Midwest Review, Great Lakes Review, SWWIM, Night Heron Barks and elsewhere. She has published political poems in Love's Executive Order, Indolent Books Online, and more. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing (2020) from The City College of New York, where she received the Jerome Lowell DeJur Award in Creative Writing for her full-length thesis manuscript and the Stark Poetry Prize in Memory of Raymond Patterson for a series of poems about Detroit.  A 2022 Best Of The Net nominee, & twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, she is a poetry reader for Bellevue Literary Review. Born in Detroit, she now lives in New York. 

Publications & Prizes

Prizes won: 

2017 Irwin and Alice Stark Poetry Prize in Memory of Raymond Patterson, City College of New York.


2020 Jerome Lowell DeJur Award in Creative Writing, City College of New York.


Finalist in the 2020 and 2021 Slapering Hol Press, Swan Scythe Press, and Two Sylvias Press chapbook contests, and for the 2021 Frost Place Chapbook Fellowship. 


Finalist for the full-length 2021 Off The Grid Prize (GRID BOOKS), 2021 Gerald Cable Book Award (SILVERFISH REVIEW PRESS), and 2022 Hilary Tham Capital Collection Award (WORD WORKS).


Nominated by Midwest Review for the Pushcart Prize. 

Nominated by Great Lakes Review for Best Of The Net.


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Last update: Aug 02, 2022