Main Street Rag I read poems from my chapbook Time Carries All Things Away.

Upcoming Events

Barnes & Noble Book Signing, April 8, 2023

Barnes & Noble, Richland Mall, 3400 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC. Noon til 5 PM

St. Andrews Shepherd's Center - Feb. 28, 2023

Armchair Travel presentation, I discuss living in Brussels, Belgium.

At the Pecan Festival in Florence, SC, November 2022.

Death Rituals in Antebellum South
October 18, 2022

Four Seasons History Club, Moncks Corner, SC

Look for my Work in...

Read Across America Signing,  March 4, 2023

At Elephant Ear Gallery, Sumter, SC.  I along with local authors will sign books

Authors for Literacy - December 10, 2022

At Lexington County Library, I along with other local authors discussed writing and sign books. Columbia, SC.

SC Pecan Festival - November 5, 2022 

Florence, SC

About Me


historical fiction, poetry, children's books

I grew up near the Edisto River (SC) and graduated Pelion High School and University of South Carolina.

Cities that have been home to me are Sumter (SC), Virginia Beach, Chicago, Atlanta, Richmond, Columbia (SC), Brussels, Belgium, and currently, Lexington, SC.

PUBLISHING -  my short stories, novels, and poetry have appeared in journals such as Plum Tree Tavern, Crack the Spine, Hiram Poetry Review, and Broad River Review. My books are available online at Amazon,
Cuidono Press, and poetry at Main Street Rag.

Art in the Park, Sumter, SC, April 22, 2023

Regional celebration of artists and craftsmen. Booth and books.

Bonnie on Youtube

Authors Corner  Interview with Dr. Kasie Whitener of the SC Writers Association. Filmed October 2021

Click Bonnie Interview  for an interview hosted by Curtis Rogers of theSouth Carolina State Libraryheld March, 2018. Covers my background and novelWhat Missing Means.

Blog updates


Detatched Member A recording of my reading the poem "Detached Member," originally published by The Five-Two.

Hangin' With An interview withG.W. Pomichter. This took place on Skype, and you'll notice technical challenges. Filmed June 9, 2016.

> Savannah Authors Anthology 2014 - short story "Maggie and the Snake." Available on Amazon.

> SC Writers Association -  notes on writing, Columbia II Chapter Blog.

> The Petigru Review, 2012 - poem "Foreign Origin" available on Amazon.

Bonnie R. Stanard


Copyright Bonnie Stanard

Mildred Shumpert Rawls, my mom

Holiday Party and Story Contest - Dec. 14, 2022

Local authors, readings, cocktails. The Aristocrat, 1001 Washington St., Columbia, SC.

Women's Day- January 29, 2023

At Columbia Metropolitan Center. I along with Kasie Whitenerand Jerry Pate will sign books.

Melrose Art in the Yard, SC, April 16, 2023

Sunday, April 16, 2023 from 1 to 5 pm in the Historic Melrose neighborhood, Columbia, SC.

Audio Interview

Library Voices SC

> Short story "Mercedes at the Airport appears on page 62 of New Readers Magazine, issue 19 (September, 2022), titled The Tower. My years of living in Brussels, Belgium, provide the background for this story. It's easy to download the file for the magazine and open with Preview or Acrobat.

Selected Appearances

Halloween Flash @ the Bar - Oct. 26, 2022 

The Aristocrat, Columbia, SC


Muddy River Poetry Review, 3 poems: Uneasy Most of the Time; Yellow Pears; Clouds By Degree

Triggerfish Critical Review, Poem: Common Story Among Strangers

The American Journal of Poetry, Poem: In the Shade of Cherry Trees

Moon Magazine, Poem: The Payoff

Slant, a Journal of Poetry, page 103, Poem: Mother Tongue

Book Recommendations 

Shepherd's Website for books

In 17th Century France, if you crossed the line to "politically incorrect" according to the Catholic Church, you might well burn on a stake in the village square. Most onlookers would think you deserved it. Spiritual tyranny is as difficult to overcome as political or physical tyranny.

My list of books that show the destructive power of blind obedience to religion is online at Shepherd's website for books. Of course Béjart's Caravan is on the list.