Bonnie S. Kaplan

Bonnie S. Kaplan is a native Angeleno and a longtime teacher of adults in reentry. She holds an MFA with High Distinction from the California College of the Arts in film/video/performance art. Her poems are published in Adrienne Rich: A Tribute Anthology (Split Oak Press, 2012), This Assignment is So Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on the Art of Teaching (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013), *82 Review 2.2 (2014), Out of Sequence: The Sonnets Remixed (Upstart Journal, Clemson University, 2014), The San Diego Poetry Annual (2015), Written Here, 

Community of Writer's Review (2015), Altadena Poetry Review (2016, 2018), How Higher Education Feels: Commentaries on Poems that Illuminate the Experiences of Learning and Teaching (Sense Publications, 2016 UK), and online in Cultural Weekly and Portside.

Upcoming work in the Northridge Review, Oakland Review (Carnegie Mellon University) and Sinister Wisdom.


Bonnie was awarded Teacher of the Year (2016) for the Western USA by the Correctional Education Association. This honor pays tribute to teachers working with adults in reentry.