BONNIE LEE BLACK earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University/Los Angeles in June black-b2007. An honors graduate of Columbia University (BA, Literature/Writing, 1979), she has been a professional writer and editor for nearly 30 years, and an educator — in the U.S. and overseas — for over 15 years.

For ten years (1986–96) she was a chef, caterer, and cooking instructor in Manhattan, during which time her freelance writing focused on food. In 1996, she joined the Peace Corps and served as a somewhere-childhealth and nutrition Volunteer in Gabon, Central Africa. Her new book, How to Cook a Crocodile: A Memoir with Recipes (Peace Corps Writers, 2010), recounts her experience teaching healthy cooking in Gabon.

Bonnie’s first book, Somewhere Child, was published by Viking Press in 1981. Her essays have appeared in a number of published anthologies and literary journals. She now lives in Taos, New Mexico, and teaches English and Creative Nonfiction Writing at University of New Mexico/Taos.

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About the header photos (l-r):

In Bonnie’s living room in Lastoursville with some of her students.

Bonnie teaching “survival cooking” at Peace Corps staging for new PCVs in Libreville.

Bonnie giving a puppet show to children of a Memba village.

Bonnie working in her “model” garden at the hospital.

Bonnie Teaching cooking to women of Cité OCTRA.