Jeanne Bonner is a writer, editor and journalist now based in Connecticut where she teaches Italian at the University of Connecticut. She previously worked as a radio producer at NPR stations in Atlanta, Ga. She’s contributed reporting to The New York Times and CNN, and her news stories have appeared in print in Delta’s Sky magazine, the AJC, Atlanta magazine and Newsday. She’s reported national radio stories for NPR’s All Things Considered and APM’s Marketplace. Her creative writing, including nonfiction essays, book reviews and poetry, have been published by The New York Times, Catapult, Cleaver, Consequence and Literary Hub. Jeanne is working on several literary translation projects at UCONN.
She’s also appeared on WNYC’s The Takeaway and Tell Me More (now defunct). She won an Honorable Mention from the Georgia Associated Press for her radio feature series: “Georgia Muslims Celebrate Ramadan.” Before working in radio, she was a newspaper reporter for two dailies, specializing in business news. She won a national award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors for her feature story “Priced Out.”
Her creative writing, including nonfiction essays, book reviews and poetry, have appeared online at Catapult, Literary Hub, Cleaver, Consequence,Asymptote Journal and Mothers Always Write. Jeanne is also an assistant fiction editor at Fifth Wednesday. She studied Italian literature at Wesleyan University and has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Bennington College. She taught at Clayton State University as an adjunct English professor.
Jeanne began her career as a translator and English instructor in Florence, Italy.
A partial list of critical publications and nonfiction essays includes:
*Book review: Anna Maria Ortese’s Neapolitan Chronicles, for Cleaver, March 2018
*Critical Essay: “Tabucchi in Portugal: On Tabucchi’s Viaggi e altri viaggi,” for Three Percent, Jan. 2018
*Book review: Natalia Ginzburg’s Family Lexicon (new translation) Kenyon Review, Nov. 2017
*Nonfiction essay: “Return Trip to Italy: Nostalgia Tourism,” for CNN Travel, October. 2017
*Nonfiction essay: “Leaving Atlanta,” for the AJC’s Personal Journeys rubric, August 2017
*Critical Essay: “Where are all the Great Italian Women Writers?” Literary Hub, June 2017
*Book review: Pascal Quignard’s The Hatred of Music for Three Percent, March 2017
*Book review: Roberto Saviano’s My Italians: True Stories of Crime and Courage for Cleaver, Jan. 2017
*Nonfiction essay: “Recording the Sound of My Child’s Voice,” The New York Times, Sept. 2016
I write a blog devoted to my passions and I use it as a repository for the ephemeral thoughts that buoy me every day, in between the big events.
The blog began as a virtual Italian notebook — a way to record how I was keeping Italy in my life (although now I’ve expanded it to a platform for anything that catches my fancy). And as such it’s called Ciambellina because that’s my favorite Italian pastry. A delightfully simple creation that looks like a donut, and which you eat at one of the most magical moments of each day: early morning.
You can visit the blog here.