Bonnie Jill Emanuel's poems appear or will appear in American Poetry Review, Colorado Review, Passages North, Mid-American Review, Ruminate, The Laurel Review, The Night Heron Barks, Midwest Review, Great Lakes Review, SWWIM, Chiron Review,  and elsewhere. Her political poems have published in Love's Executive Order, Indolent Books Online, and more. 

She earned a Creative Writing MFA at The City College of New York in 2020, where she was awarded the Jerome Lowell DeJur Prize in Creative Writing for her full-length thesis manuscript, and the Stark Poetry Prize in Memory of Raymond Patterson for a series of poems about Detroit. She holds a BA in Creative Writing & Foreign Languages from University of Michigan's Residential College.


Bonnie is a 2022 Hilary Tham Capital Collection (WORD WORKS) finalist, 2022 Gerald Cable Book Award (SILVERFISH REVIEW PRESS) finalist, and 2021 Off The Grid Prize (GRID BOOKS) finalist for a full-length manuscript. In 2021 she was long-listed for the Frost Place Chapbook Fellowship and named a finalist in the Slapering Hol Press, Two Sylvias Press, and Swan Scythe Press chapbook contests. She is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, a Best Of The Net nominee, and a poetry reader for Bellevue Literary Review.

Born in Detroit, she now lives in New York.