If you want to write a story, an essay, or your memoir, you have come to The Write Place.
Bonnie is a Louisville, Kentucky author who taught for KCTCS, Keiser University, and Bellarmine University after earning an MFA from Spalding University in her mid-fifties. Currently, she teaches Intro to Academic Writing at Bellarmine, but has taught Intro to Creative Writing, a variety of literature classes, and current issues courses focused on economic and racial discrimination. Her domestic skills include making bows, cheesecake, and biscotti; her domestic fails include dusting and floor-sweeping as often as needed. She is also an environmentalist and aspiring minimalist.
Before moving to Louisville in the late 1990’s, Bonnie lived with her husband and three children in Owensboro (KY), Leawood (KS), Houston (TX), Richmond (VA), Jacksonville (FL) and Ponte Vedra Beach (FL). The children are all now in their forties and parents to six grandchildren who, like all grandchildren, are witty and wonderful human beings growing as fast as sweet corn in summer.
Publications in The Louisville Review, Jacksonville Woman, and the now defunct Kentucky House and Garden precede the recent publication of The BOOM Project: Voices of a Generation, a collection of prose and poetry Bonnie and co-editor Kimberly Garts Crum, created and curated. Published by Butler Books in August 2019. The book has taken the editors to New Hampshire, Pittsburgh, Athens (OH), Cincinnati, Lexington (KY) on a promotional tour with more events scheduled.
Bonnie’s work history includes social work in a youth detention center, catering, publicity, interior decorating, real estate, event planning, and a variety of volunteer positions in churches and communities where she lived. She is a devoted foodie who relishes gatherings with friends and family, reading, art, gardening, and travel. She wants a dog and more chocolate.
“Intelligence without integrity, awareness without activism, creativity without character spawns corruption of the soul.” ---- Bonnie Johnson
The BOOM Project: Voices of a Generation by Kimberly Garts Crum and Bonnie Omer Johnson was published in August of 2019 by Butler Books. It is available from the publisher (butlerbooks.com), Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Carmichael’s Bookstore, and Joseph-Beth Booksellers.
Bonnie is currently in the process of writing two novels, Death & Butter, and 1934. The first, Death & Butter, explores the importance of purposeful women living their best lives high-stepping into their golden years with new ideas and old friendships. A work of historic fiction, 1934 is a window to social structures in the United States in the early twentieth century during the glory days of cross-country train travel.
Some of Bonnie's previous books include Lies We Believe Until We Know the Truth, and Bones & Scones: A Collection of Cuisine and Manners for Discerning Dogs and Their People. Lies We Believe Until We Learn the Truth is a collection of linked stories and essays that takes readers through the myths of adulthood bookended by the chapters, “They Lived Happily Ever After” and “Til Death Do Us Part.”
For dog lovers, the author presents Bones & Scones: A Collection of Cuisine and Manners for Discerning Dogs and Their People. From designer dogs to beagles and mutts, four-footed fur babies find tips about appropriate behavior in human situations. Bones & Scones also contains a recipe section filled with natural treats for the dog who likes to entertain. Social graces’ instructions are simple and straightforward. (e.g. “The dog must not climb up a visiting madame’s leg if he aspires to climb the social ladder.”) If the male or bitch decides to pursue an education, he or she will find an academic reading list from Doggy Lit 101 in Chapter Six. Recommendations for traveling dogs provide people with pet-friendly hotels along with travel safety tips. At the back of book are pages for Paw-to-graphs with blank spaces for pawprints, a gift all dogs’ people will cherish.
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." ---- Philippians 4:8 NIV
“Our fundamental task as human beings is to seek out connections – to exercise our imaginations. It follows then, that the basic task of education, is the care and feeding of the imagination.” ---- Katherine Paterson
“One must attend carefully to everything. If you apply yourself carefully to what you do, great springs of strength and truth are released in you.” ---- Thomas Merton, A Vow of Conversation
“I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.” ---- J. B. Priestly
“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall; it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.” ---- Margaret Atwood, The Penelopiad
“Always be like water. Float in the times of pain or dance like waves along the wind which touches its surface.”
---- Santosh Kalwar