Bonnie has devoted more than 28 years to documenting and preserving the culture of women’s music festivals. Her 1999 book Eden Built By Eves, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, was the first comprehensive volume on the women’s music movement and its role in shaping late 20th century lesbian identity. Her field notes and recordings from women’s music festivals 1981-2011 have been willed to the women’s special collection of Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe, at their request. She is an occasional guest lecturer aboard both Semester at Sea and Olivia Cruises.Dr. Morris earned her doctorate in women’s history from Binghamton University in 1990 and since 1994 has taught women’s studies on the faculty of both George Washington University and Georgetown in Washington, D.C. She is the author of thirteen books, including two other Lambda Literary Award finalists (Girl Reel, Revenge of the Women’s Studies Professor) and the feminist textbook Women’s History For Beginners, introduced on C-Span Book TV in 2012.
Most recently, Dr. Morris won the Finishing Lines Press book prize for a first volume of poetry by a woman writer, The Schoolgirl’s Atlas, and won the LGBT nonfiction prize for her chapbook Sixes and Sevens. Her latest book, The Disappearing L: erasure of lesbian spaces and culture, examines the cultural amnesia around recent lesbian community institutions. Her essays have been published in at least sixty anthologies of women’s writing, and in journals including Chatauqua, Curator, Frontiers, Gastronomica, Gay and Lesbian Review, HOT WIRE, Journal of Lesbian Studies, Lilith, Memoir, Ms. Magazine, and Nimrod.
Bonnie will be moving to California in May 2017 to begin work on two fantastic projects: a history of feminist radio shows, using Pacifica Radio Archives; and a sequel to her forthcoming novel Sappho’s Bar and Grill, both for Bywater Books. This balance of scholarly nonfiction and scholarly fiction will be complemented with teaching for the University of California and continuing to work with Olivia Travel.