Betsy Bonner

Betsy Bonner is the author of the poetry collection Round Lake. She is a former Director of the 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center, where she now teaches creative writing. She is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony and the T. S. Eliot House. She grew up in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, and lives in southwestern Vermont.

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  • “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

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

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

  • 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

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

    —Chelsey Johnson, author of Stray City

  • 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

  • “Amazing. . . . after so much tragedy, or tragedy mixed with uncertainty, it’s as if something gets bigger or louder or brighter—Atlantis’s power gets into the reader’s head. Suddenly it wasn’t that I stopped being sad but I was uplifted. What a remarkable person this was.”

    —Alice Mattison, author of Conscience

  • “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

  • “A wrenching portrait. . . . incantatory and spellbinding.”

    —Alexis Schaitkin