Healing through writing leads to acclaim, a center
There was a feature story on the front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer Local Section about and the Musehouse Literary Arts Center Kathleen is opening in Chestnut Hill on the 7900 block of Germantown Avenue in September.

Inquirer article


Kathleen selected for Knight Arts Foundation Grant (from 1,700 submissions) for Musehouse: A Literary Art Center in Northwest Philadelphia (coming in September)
Coverage on


Knight Arts Foundation Announcement


Kathleen has been shortlisted for a Knights Art Foundation Grant
WHYY feature:



"Postcard from Pittsburgh: Gist Street" by Margaret Hagan

Review of Slamming Open the Door - Via Negativa


Podcast Review of Slamming Open the Door from WPSU Penn State


Review of Slamming Open the Door - Betty and Boo Chronicles


Huffington Post
Slamming Open the Door is #9 in overall poetry sales for 2009!


New York Times
Slamming Open the Door was favorably reviewed in the New York Times Book Review


Library Journal Review


Oreland Poet to Read her Work at Arcadia Feb. 10, 2010


UU World (Unitarian Universalist Magazine - November Issue)
A Poet's Grief
Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno's poetry chronicles her passage through grief after her daughter's murder.

Kingdom Books
A recent book review by Kingdom Books (who hosts frequent author readings and reviews regularly for the Vermont Review of Books):


OBIT Online Magazine
Strangling Light: A collection of poem's about a daughter's murder finds beauty in the truth...


Fresh Air
Kathleen was recently interviewed by Terry Gross for Fresh Air and her segment aired on July 29, 2009.
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Reading Eagle
The Reading Eagle ran a two-page feature article about Kathleen:


Chestnut Hill Local
The Chestnut Hill Local did a feature article on Kathleen in May. Read it here:


Women's Review of Books
Critical Essay
July 1, 2009 Issue

Recollected, but not in tranquility.(Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno's poetry collection 'Slamming Open the Door') by Robin Becker

Few debut poetry collections take up a single theme or narrative. Such a book-length sequence makes unique demands on writer and reader, and the challenges may daunt even the most experienced poet. Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno brings experience of a different sort to her first book Slamming Open the Door (2009), winner of the 2008 Beatrice Hawley Award from Alice James Press. In this sequenced collection, Bonanno narrates the story of her daughter's murder and the investigation and trial that followed. Wordsworth defined poetry as "the spontaneous overflow of powerful...
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