Blue Bonnet Review

A Literary Journal Featuring Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction by Talented Writers Around the Globe

A literary journal featuring poetry, fiction and nonfiction by writers around the globe. 

John Timm

While working on graduate degrees in Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, John Timm published his first journal articles on Spanish peninsular and Latin-American literature. He continued to write while teaching at the University of New Mexico. 

After teaching for nearly ten years, he took what was intended to be a short hiatus from teaching and went to work in radio. The “hiatus” lasted some thirty years, during which he wrote hundreds of pieces of advertising copy, proposals, and all the other documentation associated with day-to-day radio station operations, along with a scattering of articles on broadcasting. Semi-retired, in 2011 he returned to the classroom to teach communications and, once again, foreign languages and literature. With ample free time to write creatively, he began his first novel manuscript and started writing short stories whenever an idea would pop into his head. Among writers he greatly admires are the usual suspects: Hemingway, Faulkner, and Steinbeck, along with Raymond Carver, Chuck Palahniuk, Joyce Carol Oates, Lorrie Moore, Jorge Luís Borges, Miguel de Unamuno and Federico García Lorca.

His short stories and flash fiction have appeared, or are scheduled for publication, in Bartleby SnopesThe Ohio Vintage Match CompanyPerspective Literary MagazineThe Story Shack, and 300 Days of Sun. His critical studies have been published in Garcia Lorca ReviewLuso-Brazilian ReviewRomance Notes and elsewhere.

Read John's story "Texas Eagle" here

Ruth Deming

Ruth Z. Deming, a psychotherapist and winner of a Leeway Grant for Creative Nonfiction, writes poetry and prose from her home in Willow Grove, PA, suburban Philadelphia. Her work has appeared in publications such as Creative Nonfiction, Haggard and Halloo, and Hektoen International. A mental health advocate, she runs New Directions Support Group for people and families affected by depression and bipolar disorder.

Read Ruth's story "Tred Well Across the Sky O Mightiest of Comets" here

Jeffrey Zable

Jeffrey Zable is a teacher and conga drummer who plays Afro-Cuban folkloric music for dance classes and Rumbas around the San Francisco Bay Area. He’s published five chapbooks including Zable’s Fables with an introduction by the late great Beat poet Harold Norse. Present or upcoming writing in Clarion, Coe Review, Kentucky Review, Tule Review, Clackamas Literary Review, Lullwater Review, Serving House Journal, On The Rusk, Chaos Poetry Review and many others. He just learned that his poem “Remembering Jean Paul Sartre” will be included in the Rhysling Award anthology, 2015.

Read Zable's nonfiction story "Getting to Sherri's Backyard."


William C. Blome

William C. Blome writes short fiction and poetry. He lives wedged between Baltimore and Washington, DC, and he is a master’s degree graduate of the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars. His work has previously seen the light of day in such fine little mags as Amarillo Bay, Prism International, Laurel Review, The Oyez Review, Salted Feathers and The California Quarterly.

Read William's flash fiction story "Wyoming Magician" here.

Joel Van Valin

Joel Van Valin is the publisher of the literary journal Whistling Shade. His fantasy novel The Flower of Clear Burning was published in 2002, and his poetry and fiction have appeared most recently in The Avalon Review, Six Three Whiskey, Into the Willows, and Leaves of Ink. He lives with his wife in St. Paul.

Read Joel's story Being Young and in Love.

Eric Bauer

Eric Bauer completed a two-year certificate program in creative nonfiction at the Downtown Writers Center in Syracuse, New York.  He is currently a resident artist at the Albany Barn in Albany, New York, and was a fiction editor at Sphere, an undergraduate literary magazine at Ohio University.

Read Eric's compelling and undeniably honest nonfiction story "Adopted" here.

Timothy Judd

Timothy Judd's story "Savage," was published in the Merrimack Review, and "The Raccoon," in Loud Zoo. In 2013, he won Houston Space Center's "Name the Shuttle Contest," christening the orbiter "Independence." Tim also became the recipient of the Director's Award in Fiction at Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2012.

Read Timothy's flash fiction story "Emma".

Paul Lewellan

Paul Lewellan has been published in South Dakota Review, Big Muddy, Word Riot, Porcupine, Timber Creek Review and sixty other journals. In his latest novel, No More White Houses, the clash between white privilege and race on a college campus culminates in a Kent State type shooting. Paul is an Adjunct Instructor at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.

Read Paul's nonfiction story "Purity of English" derived from his thirty-three years as a high school teacher.

William Quincy Belle

William Quincy Belle is just a guy. Nobody famous; nobody rich; just some guy who likes to periodically add his two cents worth with the hope, accounting for inflation, that $0.02 is not over-evaluating his contribution. He claims that at the heart of the writing process is some sort of (psychotic) urge to put it down on paper and likes to recite the following which so far he hasn't been able to attribute to anyone: "A writer is an egomaniac with low self-esteem."

You will find Mr. Belle's unbridled stream of consciousness here ( or @here (

Read William's fiction story "Gertrude Goes Down to Her Locker" here.

Ann Shirley-Henderson

Ann (Adjie) Shirley-Henderson is a scientist and currently a Dean for Graduate Sciences. She has been an associate editor and board member of a scientific journal and has over two hundred publications in diverse scientific research areas, ranging from molecular genetics, forensics, and biologic anthropology to setting standards for environmental controls. More recently, her research has concentrated on a study of the lives and times of émigré female scientists in the 1930s and a book is in progress. She has made numerous public appearances related to science education—CBS, Good Morning America, and National Public Radio—and been interviewed in the New Yorker, Science News, Scientific American, and Popular Science, among others. More recently she has begun to published short stories*, none of which have to do with the credentials above.

* Other Publications
1. Women in Science (or Not) October 8, 2013, The Chronicle of Higher Education
2. “Sally and the Last Supper”. Fairhaven Literary Review (Volume 1)
3. “The Neanderthal Solution “ KnightWatch Press: in the NeaDNAthal Anthology, in press
4. Greywolfe Press: “Stella and the World’s Fair”, Ni Bona Na Coroin - a collection of American short stories (Honorable mention), 2014

Read Ann's fiction story "Travis and the year we were twelve".

Lawrence Dunning

Among Lawrence Dunning's published works of fiction are his novels Fallout! and Taking Liberty. A collection of his short stories--Rondo and Fugue for Two Pianos–was published in 2012. The collection included more than 30 individual stories published in literary journals such as The Virginia Quarterly Review (story included in VQR 25-year anthology), The Carolina Quarterly, Rio Grande Review, High Plains Literary Review, North Dakota Quarterly, and The MacGuffin. Two of his stories were named in the Best American Short Stories annual list of 100 best stories, and three of them have won Colorado Authors’ League awards

Read Lawrence's fiction story " A Sheltered Life, With Dancing" here.

Stephen McQuiggan

Stephen McQuiggan lives in Northern Ireland where he works in a termite mound. He hates his job, but keeps his head down and works hard hoping for promotion to the gates. Then he will let the wasps in. His first novel, A Pig’s View Of Heaven, will be published by Grinning Skull Press in 2015.

Read Stephen's fiction story "BABYCHAINS" here.

Ted Morrissey

Ted Morrissey is the author of four books of fiction, including the novels Men of Winter and An Untimely Frost, and stories and essays in more than thirty journals such as Glimmer Train, PANK, Writers Ask and the North American Review.

His story "Bitterness on the Tongue" is one of a growing collection of connected tales. So far eight of the stories have appeared in various journals, among them the Tulane Review, Festival Writer and ink&coda.

Read "Bitterness on the Tongue" here.

Terry Barr

Terry Barr's essays have appeared in such journals as Compose, Graze, Full Grown People, Under the Sun, Blue Lyra Review, and Sport Literate. Terry teaches Creative Nonfiction at Presbyterian College and lives in Greenville, SC, with his wife and daughters.

Read Terry's compelling and raw narrative nonfiction essay In Its Infancy here.