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Bonnie Smothers


Bonnie Smothers graduated from the University of Illinois and studied for a year in the graduate writing program there before fleeing to experience the world. She built a career as a college textbook editor for Scott, Foresman and Richard D. Irwin/ McGraw-Hill. Then, in the nineties, she completed a Masters in Film at Columbia College before directing an adult literacy program (a call to service) sponsored by Roosevelt University. After a few years, she took an editing position at the American Library Association, which led to a position as the book review editor for a section of Booklist, the association’s prepublication review journal. For the past seven years, she has taught literature, film, and composition classes as an adjunct professor at Columbia College, Roosevelt University, and the University of Chicago’s Graham School. She also continues to publish book reviews and articles (occasionally under an assumed name) for various publications (Kirkus, The Review of Contemporary Books, School Library Journal) and jazz reviews and articles for the Website, www.jazzchicago.net, in preparation for a book on jazz.

Office Location: English Department, 5th floor, 33 E. Congress

Office Phone: 312-369-8125

FAX: 312-369-8001

Email: bsmothers@colum.edu

Mailing Address:
Bonnie Smothers
Department of English
Columbia College of Chicago
600 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605