Betsy Bonner

Betsy Bonner is the author of Round Lake, a poetry collection published by Four Way Books. She is a faculty member of the Writer’s Foundry M.F.A. program at St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, New York and the former Director of the 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center, where she teaches an annual poetry seminar. Her work has appeared in The New Republic, The Paris Review, Parnassus, Poetry Daily, The Brooklyn Quarterly and The Southampton Review. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College. She is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony, Eliot House and the VCCA, and a mentor in PEN’s Prison Writing Program.


  • Haunting, mind-bending. . . . A wrenching portrait.

    —The New York Times Book Review

  • Gripping. . . . Betsy Bonner is the storyteller, but Atlantis Black is the story, the mystery, the victim, sometimes the perpetrator and always the question.


  • Evocative. . . . Bonner manages to create something richer than a real-life whodunnit.

    —Split Lip Magazine

  • You’ll read it in one sitting.


  • A haunting, profound investigative memoir that will resonate with readers as both a compelling true crime story and an affecting literary work.

    —Library Journal, Starred Review

  • Part exorcism and part adoring tribute, The Book of Atlantis Black is deeply haunting and darkly fascinating.

    —BookPage, Starred Review

  • Lyrical and compelling.


  • Carefully crafted, haunting, and absorbing, this thrilling memoir echoes in the head and heart long after the final page.

    —Kirkus Reviews

  • Maddening and fascinating. The reader is made to feel what it’s like to be denied answers in an essential search.

    —Amy Hempel, author of Sing To It

  • This memoir is as haunting, as memorable, and as magnetic as the tragic young woman at its core. I tore through it at lightning speed but I also didn’t want it to end.

    —Amanda Fortini

  • Betsy Bonner writes with the precision of a poet and the courage of a survivor. I could not put this book down.

    —Domenica Ruta, author of Last Day

  • An unforgettable portrait of an impossible yet compelling young woman taken down by her own demons, and fighting every step of the way.

    —David Gates, author of A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me

  • Betsy Bonner has crafted a terse, urgent page-turner that is equally ode, elegy, and mystery.

    —Chelsey Johnson, author of Stray City

  • Suspenseful and beautiful. . . . I’m speechless.

    —Jeannie Vanasco, author of Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was a Girl

  • Compelling.

    —What's Nonfiction

  • A cooly rendered look at the devastation of survivor’s guilt and other ways people unravel in the wake of tragedy.

    —Vanity Fair