Mercantile Library with Bonnie Jean Feldkamp and Gina Barreca

FAST FUNNY WOMEN 75 Essays of Flash Non-Fiction

Bonnie Jean Feldkamp in Conversation with Gina Barreca

About the Book:

FAST FUNNY WOMEN is a broad collection: 75 women writers, ages 20 to 89, were invited by editor Gina Barreca to make a party out of their life’s most unnerving, challenging, illuminating, desperate, and hilarious moments. Political campaigners, devoted teachers, lousy daughters, good mothers, would-be nuns, admired sportswriters, grad-school wanna-bes, revenge-driven sisters, frustrated roommates, body-fluid sorting professionals, lace-loving fashion mavens, intrepid daters, hungry lovers, justice-seeking nasty-women, ACE wedding celebrants, trapped wives, and women with all kinds of ammunition tell their stories—and their new stories are all under 750 words. You know the works of many of these dazzling writers and brilliant women, but you’ve never heard them like this. The emerging writers will enthrall you and the writers you know by heart will astonish you. Good writing reflects and illuminates life; great flash non-fiction holds up a compact mirror. In it you’ll see yourself.

Copies of Fast Funny Women can be purchased online via Joseph-Beth Cincinnati HERE

This program is FREE and open to the public.

About Gina Barreca

Hailed as “smart and funny” by People magazine and “Very, very funny. For a woman,” by Dave Barry, Dr. Gina Barreca was deemed a “feminist humor maven” by Ms. Magazine. Novelist Wally Lamb said “Barreca’s prose, in equal measures, is hilarious and humane.” Her work has appeared in most major publications, including The New York Times, The Independent of London, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Cosmopolitan, and The Harvard Business Review; her blog for Psychology Today has over 7 million views. Gina, who is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of English Literature at the University of Connecticut and winner of UConn’s highest award for excellence in teaching is the author of the bestselling They Used to Call Me Snow White But I Drifted: Women’s Strategic Use of Humor, Babes in Boyland: A Personal History of Coeducation in the Ivy League, Perfect Husbands and Other Fairy Tales, as well as seven other books; she is the editor of seventeen others, including Don’t Tell Mama: The Penguin Book of Italian American Writing, The Signet Book of American Humor, and Fast Funny Women: 75  Essays of Flash Non-Fiction, published in March of 2021.

Bonnie Jean Feldkamp is an award-winning freelance writer and syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate. She is the Media Director for the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, member of the Cincinnati Enquirer Editorial Board, and a board member for the Cincinnati Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Bonnie has contributed essays to three anthologies, the most recent one being Fast Funny Women: 75  Essays of FlashNon-Fiction

She lives with her family in Northern Kentucky where she also serves on the Fort Thomas Forest Conservancy Board. Find Bonnie on social media @WriterBonnie or at

WoodHall Press Interview

Grateful to talk to David LëGere of Woodhall Press about writing, inspiration, and process as well as the upcoming book to which I’ve contributed – Fast Funny Women edited by Gina Barreca. I hope you’ll take 20 minutes and watch the interview.

I’ve written more about my contribution to this book here. Learn more about me here.

Bonnie Jean Feldkamp Essay Included in New Anthology

I am thrilled to be one of the writers Gina Barreca has invited to contribute to a new Woodhall Press anthology and can not wait to read the full table of contents. I am, no doubt, in good company!

Gina has invited dozens of the smartest, funniest, and best women writers to submit pieces that have the shimmer of humor, and also the deep shine of significant ideas. This will be a landmark collection in the world of women’s humor and women’s stories.