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Bonnie S. Kaplan

Bonnie S. Kaplan is a second-generation 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),  How Higher Education Feels: Commentaries on Poems that Illuminate the Experiences of Learning and Teaching (Sense Publications, 2016 UK), Northridge Review (2019) , Accolades, Gatherings and Transformations, A Women Who Submit Anthology, (2020, 2021 and 2024) Closet Cases, Queers on What We Wear (Et Alia Press, 2020), Sinister Wisdom 119 (2021), Bellevue Literary Review (2021), Room Magazine, Canada (2021). TAB Journal  , Vol. 11.4 (2023) and online in Cultural Weekly, Medmic, and Portside.

Her poem, "Mastectomy, Simple" was a 2021 finalist for the Marica and Jan Vilcek Poetry Prize at Bellevue Literary Review.


Her chapbook, "Where I Live Now," was selected by Nine Syllables Press as a semi-finalist 2023. 


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. 




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