Bonnie Etherington is from Nelson but spent most of her childhood in West Papua, and her experiences there inspired her first novel, The Earth Cries Out (Vintage, February 2017). Currently she lives with her husband and cat in Chicago, where she is working towards a PhD at Northwestern University, focusing on Indigeneity and environmental activism in South East Asian and Oceania literatures.
Bonnie won first prize in the Page & Blackmore Short Story Competition in 2008, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2016, and has had poetry, short fiction, and travel writing published in literary magazines and anthologies in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, and Malaysia. She was shortlisted for the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Award in 2013, and named AA Directions’ New Travel Writer of the Year in 2011.
The Earth Cries Out was longlisted for the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize in the 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards and shortlisted for the 2018 William Saroyan Internatonal Prize for Writing.