Sonny Bohanan

Sonny Bohanan

Professional writer & editor

Writer & editor of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays, journalism, social media, corporate communications, training. Former editor at Fort Worth Star-Telegram and American Literary Review. Blogger.

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On God, the Devil and the $50 Bet - Personal Essay/Humor

I feel certain that no one has remembered me in their prayers for a long, long time. Until recently, that is....

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Arachnophobia: Spider man lures editor into his web - Personal Essay/Humor

A Friday night caller to the city desk lured a newspaper editor into a web of deceit. OK, more like a web of gullibility. Wichita Falls Times Record News.

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Ray Wylie at Home - Personal Essay/Music

Ray Wylie Hubbard came home to Oak Cliff's Kessler Theater, and he brought his granddaddy's guitar with him.

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Shoot First: Family Feud - Personal Essay/Family

The Tate-Bohannan feud 80 years ago in Clovis, N.M., left 3 men dead and 19 kids fatherless. Where is the lesson in such senseless death?

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She’s a True Jewel - Personal Essay/Family/Dust Bowl

I called my grandmother on her 97th birthday, and she regaled me with stories about farming in the Oklahoma Panhandle during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression.

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Matt Bell visits UNT - Personal Essay/Author Reading

Visiting Writer Matt Bell of Michigan finished his fiction reading at UNT without breaking a sweat. Literally.

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Hassled by the Heat - Personal Essay/Humor

I blew into the deserted, wind-scoured downtown of Happy, Texas. The local constabulary, mistaking me for a would-be bank robber, promptly ran me out of town.

Full of Grace to the End - Personal Essay/Family

A couple of years ago, I predicted my grandmother would live to be 100 years old. She was right, as always, when she happily pointed out, “Who knows, I may be dead by then.”

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Holding This Thing Together: 50 Years of Wedded Bliss - Personal Essay/Family

Love is for the young. Commitment — now that’s something totally different.

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Funny, or Scary? Political Essay/Republican Party

Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are leading the Republican Party presidential hopefuls after six debates. I don’t know if that’s more funny or scary.

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Treat Gun Manufacturers Like We Did Big Tobacco - Political Essay/Gun Control

The Freedom Group is one of the gun manufacturers profiting from the epidemic of mass shootings in the United States. The company, which marketed the assault rifle used to kill 20 first graders at Sandy Hook, gets fat sowing fear.

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Republicans Think You’re An Idiot - Political Essay/Gun Violence

Maybe you don’t know how sick America has become. I’ll tell you: After the latest mass shooting in San Bernardino on Dec. 2, Republicans voted the next day to allow suspected terrorists on the U.S.…...

Why I write fiction - Personal Essay/Writing Life

In more than half a century, I've discovered that the meaning of life is, quite simply, whatever we decide it is. Fiction helps me order my life in such a way that I can better uncover its meaning.

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Jack Gilbert's poetry is like cool mist in the desert - Poetry/Writing Life

I first heard of the poet Jack Gilbert in October 2013, when Michigan writer Matt Bell quoted him during a reading at University of North Texas. Now I can't get enough of Gilbert's poetry.

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The Lesson of a Lost Balloon - Personal Essay/Childhood

As it floated up and away, carried swiftly on the prevailing southwest wind, I saw that it was lost forever, an early glimpse of the abyss yawning open.