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News from Bonnie J. Manion

Bonnie's poem, "Anniversary Painted Scenes," will be added to the website  around August 10, 2019.

The Illinois State Poetry Society published Bonnie's poem, "Anniversary Painted Sceans" on its website

of member poetry for June, 2019.

Orchard Street Press has advised Bonnie that her poem, "Chemo Blizzard," was a finalist in their annual poetry contest.  It will be published in their annual journal, Quiet Diamonds, later in the summer.  Bonnie has been

invited by Orchard Street Press to submit a chapbook manuscript for possible publication as well.

Highland Park Poetry has accepted Bonnie's poem, "Sale of Our Jaguar" for its online Muses Gallery.

This poem will be on display all summer with many other poems about cars.

Bonnie Manion was a winner in the Rockford Writers Guild  Snow Poetry Contest with "Snow Day."

The Lisle, Illinois Public Library has a Poetry Month display of poems by Illinois State Poetry Society members, 

including Bonnie Manion's poem, "Black and White Magic."

The Illinois State Poetry Society website, www.illinoisoets/memberpoems, will post Bonnie's poem, "Half-Standing" in mid-April, 2019.


Southwest Illinois Community College in Red Bud;, IL has announced winners of the SIUE annual poetry


Bonnie Manion won in the adult division with, "An Urban Snapshot."  Winners will be fetted at a Reception, and read their winning poems on April 23 on the SWIC campus.

LONESTARS Magazine, Issue #91, is out with Bonnie's poem, "Night Rain," appearing in it (April, 2019).

The Rockford Review has published Bonnie's poem, "A Bridal Shower," in its Winter-Spring 2019 Edition.

The Illinois State Poetry Societ;y has posted member poems for February, 2019.  Bonnie has  added "An Urban Snapshot" to her extensive list of published poems on the Illinois Poets website. 

Lonestars Magazine recently published Bonnie Manion's poem, "The Peace of the Wildwood," in Issue #90.

Time of Singing has published a new version of Bonnie's poem, "Unmoved" in their most recent issue.

"An Urban Snapshot" won First Place in the Diversity in Chicago Category of the 2018 Chicago Poets & Patrons Poetry Contest.


Mrs. Manion's poem, "On Burkas," will be published by the ISPS website, www.illinoispoets.orgin mid-October, 2018.

Star Poets Magazine published two of  Mrs. Manion's poems, "Mowing," and "Waves of the Ocean,"

in their May/June 2018 issue.  "Mowing" was previously published on the Chicago Poets and Patrons

website and earned an Honorable Mention in 2017.  

"Mowing" is also added to the Illinois State Poetry Society website, August, 2018.


Bonnie has attended meetings of the Illinois State Poetry Society, Champaign, IL Chapter, the Milford, IL Poetry Group, and the Chicago Poets and Patrons Workshop during the month of June, 2018, also the August Chicago Poets ;& Patrons workshop at ;the Harold Washington Library downtown..  will add Bonnie's poem about Norway, "Green Grow the Mountains," previously published by The Penwood Review, to the website for the Illinois State Poetry Society June 14, 2018.

Highland Park (IL) Poetry has accepted Bonnie's poem, "Lemon," for its new Chapbook, Coffee, Tea and

Other Beverages, Summer, 2018.  This poem was first published by Poetric License in their chapbook, A Light Breakfast.   "Lemon" also appears on the Highland Park Poets website this summer.

To honor National Poetry Month - April- several Chicago-area public libraries are displaying ISPS poetry

with the theme of Gardens.  The Evanston and Wilmette, IL libraries are displaying Bonnie Manion's

poem, "Chrissie's Garden" during the month of Aprill, 2018.  "Rich" is on display at the Lisle, IL Library.

Nomad's Choir, a New York City poetry group, has produced a quarterly which contains Bonnie Manion's poem

"Lullaby of the Ghetto," which last year won a First Place in the Chicago Poets and Patrons poetry contest.

Chicago Poetry Press has published an Anthology called Dear Mr. President in which Bonnie Manion

has two short poems:  one version of "Unmoved," and "Harmony."

Time of Singing has accepted a new version of Bonnie's  poem, "Unmoved," for future publication.

"Green Grow the Mountains" was accepted by The Penwood Review for its Spring, 2018 issue.

Lone Stars issue 88, out of San Antonio, TX, has published "Now That I Am Old" and "The Miracle of Spring"

by Bonnie Manion.





Bonnie is a member of Chicago Poets and Patrons Assn. and attended their April workshop at the Harold

Washington Library in downtown Chicago. 

Mrs. Manion offered a Poetry Reading taken from her five chapbooks at the Hoopeston, IL public library at 1 pm on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in celebration of National Poetry Month/April.

Bonnie's poem, "Bridal Wreath," will be posted to the Illinois State Poetry Society website April 14, 2018 -

that is .  Bonnie attended the ISPS Champaign, IL Chapter Meeting Sunday, April 8th.

"My PC," Bonnie's new poem, will be added to in mid-February,  2018.

"Night Rain" has been added to the website in

December, 2017.

Bonnie's poem, "Rich," previously published by The Rockford Review, will be on display at the Lisle, IL

public library for the month of January, part of a group of love poems looking ahead to Valentine's Day.


Star Poets Magazine has published Bonnie's 2011 tribute to her deceased sister Myrna, "In Praise of a Mother," in their Sept/October 2017 issue.

Mrs. Manion won recognition in the recent Chicagoland Poets and Patrons 2017 Poetry Contest.   In the category for Chicago poems, she won First Place for "Lullaby of the Ghetto."  In the Midwest category; she won First Honorable Mention for "Mowing."      "Mowing" is also posted to the Chicago Poets & Patrons website.

The ISPS ( Newsletter congratulates member winners in the P&P Contest,

including Bonnie for her First in the Chicago Poems, and her 1st Honorable Mention in Midwest Poems.


"My Dad's Story," a poem by Bonnie Manion, has been published in the 2017 Summer Edition

of The Rockford Review

  will add Bonnie's poem, "Old Visions of Summer, " to the

Illinois State Poetry Society website in mid-August, 2017.  View a list of Bonnie's

poems in this venue by clicking on Member Poems, or view her Bio under her name.


Star Poets Magazine of Hermansville, MI published Bonnie's poem, "Grandma's Garden"

in its July/August 2017 issue.


Bonnie's honor in being named Featured Poet for the Illinois State Poetry Society's

online Newsletter for July/August, 2017 ( ,  got a "heads up" notice in

the Rockford Writers' Guild monthly online newsletter, Write Away for August, 2017..


Bonnie attended the Chicago Poets and Patrons poetry workshop on ekphrastic poetry held Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the Harold Washington Library on State Street in downtown Chicago.  Her poem;, "Leprechanna," was cirtiqued by the Presenter and the writing group along with other poems by CP&P members presemt.


The Hoopeston, Illinois Chronicle News published  a feature article about Bonnie Manion being named

Featured Poet for the online Illinois State Poetry Society Newsletter for July/August, 2017.  They also

featured her poem, "Niagra Falls," in their print news article in the June 13, 2017 issue.


The ISPS website,  will post in mid-June, 2017, Bonnie's humorous poem titled, "The Lavender Lady of Kilauea, Kauai."  This poem honors the recently deceased Donna Schultz of

Kilauea, Hawaii.



Bonnie's poem;, "Lesson Learned from a BirdBrain," can be found over the summer on the website about Birds.  This humorous poem was first published by


"Lesson Learned from a Bird Brain" is also posted this summer to the online site, ,

Fine Lines poetry and Art website.


Bonnie's poem, "Leprechanna," is posted at the Brigantine Gallery in Downers Grove, Illinois at the current art show  accompanying an ekphrastic pencil drawing by Brad Purse entitled "Woodland Arcade."  It will be read aloud at a special showing on June 12th.


Mrs. Manion is being honored by the Illinois State Poetry Society

in being named ISPS Featured Poet for the July/August online newsletter.

 Please access this article and the poems they feature at www.illinoispoets/July/August

for the ISPS Newsletter.

Please view her website at , with access to several hundred

of Bonnie's published poems.



"Rain at Noon" will be added to the Illinois State Poetry Society website of member poetry in mid-April, 2017.  This poem of Bonnie Manion's was first published  in The Penwood Review last Fall.


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