Bonnie ZoBell

Location San Diego, California
Occupation Writer/Professor

About Me

Born and raised in California and now living in San Diego. I have two dogs and two cats who take up more room in our little Spanish casita than my husband and I do. I love gardening, especially native plants and succulants (Dr. Seussian).

Brief bio: Bonnie ZoBell has received an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, and the Capricorn Novel Award. Recently included on Wigleaf's 2009 Top 50 list for very short fiction, she has work included or forthcoming in The Los Angeles Review, Night Train, Storyglossia, American Fiction, The Greensboro Review, dcomP, Rumble, and LITSNACK. She received an MFA from Columbia, teaches at San Diego Mesa College, and can be reached at

Why do you write?

I've been writing for so long it's just part of who I am.

Any favorite authors? Books?

Charles Baxter, Flannery O'Connor, Lorrie Moore, William Trevor, Samantha Chang, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Jude the Obscure, Heart of Darkness, Dorothy Allison, Steve Almond, Raymond Carver, etc etc etc

I've recently fallen completely in love with Dan Chaon.

Bonnie ZoBell's Wall

Bill Yarrow – Nov 09, 2011

Thank you, Bonnie, for faving "Before the Door." I'm glad you liked it!

Kathy Fish – Nov 09, 2011

Hi Bonnie. Thanks for searching out and reading "The Bed". I haven't posted anything new here in ages, but I like to stay connected to this site as much as I can.

Christopher Allen – Nov 09, 2011

Hi, Bonnie! Thank you for your comment and your encouragement on my story "Freedom Can Wait". Very much appreciated. Hope you're doing well. Chris :)

Ann Wahlman – Nov 08, 2011

Thanks for your comments on "Time of Death". I'm glad you enjoyed reading it!

Tawnysha Greene – Nov 08, 2011

Thank you so much for your comments on "The End of the World." I appreciate them!

Bill Yarrow – Nov 08, 2011

Great comment on "Ketone Deficiency." Thanks, Bonnie!

Meg Pokrass – Nov 07, 2011

thank you So much, B! xo

Meg Pokrass – Oct 29, 2011

B! thank you for your comments and faves! I miss you what is up? Will you ping me when you post something here? I am crazy busy but want to see everything... xo

Andrew Stancek – Oct 29, 2011

I'm thrilled that Mirko has found another reader, Bonnie. Your support means much.

Jack Swenson – Oct 31, 2010

Bonnie, Thanks for your comments about "The Party." Disturbing? No surprise. The author is a bit disturbed himself. At least some folks think so!

Richard Cooper – Oct 29, 2010

Bonnie, that must have been a typo. Was referring to your story, the plumping of derrieres, I believe! LOL

Bill Yarrow – Oct 29, 2010

Thanks for faving "Florid Psychosis," Bonnie. Glad you enjoyed it.

Cherise Wolas – Oct 29, 2010

Based on your story, a writers' community seems like a wild place! Instead of that, I've decided to leave NYC and relocate for a bunch of months, for love, in a tiny place in Washington State. Small but gorgeous, and it doesn't much matter where you are if it's love. I figure, aside from the potential writer-painter-rapist, the small town I am moving to temporarily might have the same feeling of an artists' colony, and probably triple the weirdness!

Bill Yarrow – Oct 25, 2010

Thanks, Bonnie, for commenting on and faving "Knot Eye." Much appreciated!

Jane Hammons – Oct 24, 2010

Thanks for reading and commenting on Friend of the Week, Bonnie.

Meg Pokrass – Oct 23, 2010

thanks for your nice comment about "Dog Park" Bonnie! Ha. Veronica Lake!

Kim Conklin – Oct 23, 2010

Thanks for the comment and fave on 4P28, Bonnie. I appreciate the read.

Michelle Elvy – Sep 03, 2010

Thanks, Bonnie, for the comment on Time to Rest! Much appreciated...

Michelle Elvy – Jul 25, 2010

Oh! and on French Kiss! Will come back this way soon... :)

Michelle Elvy – Jul 25, 2010

Thanks for the comment on Bedtime Story! much appreciated!

Kari Nguyen – Jul 23, 2010

Hi Bonnie, it's great to meet you here. Thanks so much for reading my story. Glad you liked the quote too!

Susan Tepper – Jul 23, 2010

Bonnie, thanks for your read and comment on Stickers

Jack Swenson – Jul 23, 2010

Bonnie, Thank you for the very nice comment on "Evil Humors." Our Maine Coon got over it, and now he's acting like the old Simba. Last evening he ran off a raccoon!

Rae Bryant – Jul 18, 2010

Hi, Bonnie. Saw your story in Bartleby Snopes. Fantasic. A pleasure to be issue mates.

Lori Lou Freshwater – May 11, 2010

Bonnie, thank you so much for reading and commenting on The Creature. I truly appreciate it.

Gay Degani – Apr 22, 2010

Bonnie! I'm coming to your reading at Skylight so you'll get to find me sans pink carnations much sooner.

J. Mykell Collinz – Apr 21, 2010

Thanks, Bonnie, for reading Atonement. I value your opinion very much. Your real estate lady is still one of my favorite characters since arriving here.

Carol Reid – Apr 21, 2010

Bonnie, that was good of you to comment on my story! Thanks so much.

Foster Trecost – Apr 20, 2010

Hey Bonnie, thanks for reading and commenting on A Boy and His Tire. My comments on Real Estate are forthcoming! foster.

Gay Degani – Apr 20, 2010

Hey there Bonnie. Nice piece.

Doug Bond – Apr 19, 2010

thanks Bonnie, RE: Sweet & the place i had in mind...The Bread was around 125th and B'Way. Thanks for your comments!

Jerry Ratch – Apr 19, 2010

Hi, Bonnie,
Maybe check out Wild Dream of Reality, Chapter 1, which is from my 1st novel. The narrator is a real estate agent. Who knew?

Rick Rofihe – Apr 02, 2010

Thanks very much for your kind response to "Three Point Back".

Foster Trecost – Apr 02, 2010

Hi Bonnie, thanks for reading and commenting on Eight States Away - I really appreciate it and I'm glad you liked this one. foster.

Ramon Collins – Mar 21, 2010

I appreciate your read and comment on EVENING ALONE, Bonnie. When you post a story, IOU . . .

Jack Swenson – Mar 20, 2010

Hi, Bonnie. Glad you liked my story.

Foster Trecost – Mar 18, 2010

Hi Bonnie - thanks for reading Invisible grime, and for the comments, too.

Barry Friesen – Mar 18, 2010

I'm clueless about the wall, too. I was thanking people for comments about a story on the page with the story, before I figured out that probably no one comes back to the story to receive the thanks. So I THINK the protocol is to respond to story comments on the commenter's wall, so the commenter "hears" you. Ha!

Meg Pokrass – Mar 17, 2010

you know, about responding to walls, i think it is case by case...

Doug Bond – Mar 11, 2010

Hi Bonnie...nice to meet you and surprised we haven't bumped into each other earlier considering you were married to my wife for a good long stretch, well at least on facebook!

Foster Trecost – Mar 11, 2010

Hi Bonnie, thanks for reading Brick Walls and Cactus - I'm pleased you liked them.

Matt Dennison – Feb 28, 2010

Hey, Bonnie, thanks for going back and finding my poem "Sweet Basil." I appreciate it!

Barry Friesen – Feb 27, 2010

Hi, Bonnie! Glad you looked at "Still Life"--thank you. To answer your query, from the people I've worked with in this awful situation, the spouse can usually only handle it for a couple of years before they go batty themselves if they don't get out. If your partner only has access to the immediate few minutes and can no longer form new memory, he or she repeats the same stuff over and over again all day long, day after day, without realizing it. Imagine your spouse asking you the same question hundreds and hundreds of times a day. A hell, yes?

Thanks also for your great help on "Ethical Seduction"--the almost-smarmy lawyer character--the piece just got picked up by flashquake. So double-thanks, Bonnie! Be well.

best, barry

David Erlewine – Feb 27, 2010

Hi, Bonnie, thanks for checking out Pogo the Clown...I think that was my second Flash Factory story! D

Foster Trecost – Feb 27, 2010

Hi Bonnie, thanks for your comments on A Very Quiet Even - I'm glad you liked it.

Meg Pokrass – Feb 26, 2010


Bonnie ZoBell – Jan 11, 2010

Hi, Carol! My wall is virginal, so thank you for that. Uh, I didn't even know I had a wall, to tell the truth. Someday I'm going to figure this out.


Carol Novack – Jan 11, 2010

Ok. I'll write on your wall, Bonnie! Hiya!

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