Bonnie Hanson Cordell assisted Diane for two years with cataloging in the Sowell Collection as a student in the English and German programs at Texas Tech University, working on the collections of Gretel Ehrlich, David James Duncan, and Susan Brind Morrow. During that time, Bonnie served as Secretary for the German Club, joined a writing group, and published several poems in the TTU student literary journal The Harbinger. Bonnie graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas Tech University in 2008 with a dual degree in German and English with a concentration in Creative Writing.
After graduation, Bonnie enrolled at the University of Wyoming, where she served as the Graduate Representative to the English Department and taught First Year Composition and Literature, earning a Promoting Intellectual Engagement in the First Year Award for teaching. Bonnie focused her graduate research on Modernism and Affect Theory and earned her Master’s Degree in English Literature, Rhetoric, and Composition in 2013.
Bonnie worked as the University of Wyoming Alumni Association Senior Membership and Network Coordinator before moving back to Lubbock to take a position as the Assistant Director of the Texas Success Initiative. Bonnie is passionate about helping underprepared students succeed at Texas Tech and after graduation. She is glad to be back in West Texas with her husband, Dustin, her cat, Gus, and her dog, Molly, and lots of opportunities for reading, hiking, and fishing. Bonnie looks forward to plugging back in to the vibrant Lubbock writing community, including the Sowell Conference.
(Bonnie, Kathleen, Emerson, and Andrew were in one of the first Creative Writing-Poetry classes that I taught at TTU. I learned from them, of course. DHW)